It was another disappointing week for the Rockies as they dropped two of three games to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Field then traveled to Texas to take on the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington over the weekend. The Texas series started well with a win Friday night. It was a wild one as starter Chad Bettis ran into trouble early giving up five runs in the first inning. The surging Rockies offense bailed out their starter by scoring six runs in the second inning. Bettis settled down and the Rockies grabbed a 9-5 victory.
In Saturday’s game, starter Kyle Freeland delivered another strong outing allowing only two earned runs in seven innings. With the score tied at 4 in the eighth inning reliever Harrison Musgrave gave up three runs and the Rockies lost 5-2.
The scoring in Sunday’s finale was almost comically erratic. Starter Jon Gray staked the Rockies to a 5-1 lead through five innings. But in the sixth inning once more the wheels came off as the Rangers scored five runs to take a 6-5 lead. Not to be outdone, the Rockies hitters returned in the top of the seventh inning scoring five runs making it 10-6 Rockies. But wait. In the bottom of the inning, the Rangers scored three runs making it 10-9 Rockies. When Rockies closer Wade Davis came to the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Rockies held what should have been a comfortable 12-9 lead. Guess again. The usually reliable Davis blew his fourth save of the season allowing four runs as the Rangers snatched a 13-12 win.
The Rockies have now lost 11 of their last 14 games. Most of those losses were due to runs allowed by Rockies relievers who have compiled as astronomical 8.29 ERA during that period.
This week the Rockies return to Coors Field for a four-game series with the New York Mets followed by three games over the weekend with the Miami Marlins.
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