This past week on the road was a miserable one for the struggling Rockies. They dropped both games of a two game series at Minute Maid Park to the Houston Astros, then lost three of four games to the San Diego Padres in a weekend series at Petco Park. Their record is now 53 wins and 65 losses – a distant 9 games back in the Wild Card Race.
In Houston, they were buried by the Astros powerhouse lineup, losing 11–6 and 14-3.
In Thursday’s opener against the Padres they were stymied when starter Jon Gray went down in flames, allowing 7 runs in 5.2 innings. The final tally was 9-3 Padres.
Friday night, Rockies starter Kyle Freeland continued his comeback performance giving up only 3 runs in 6 complete innings. Unfortunately, he received little backing as the Rockies hitters were able to manufacture only 1 run and the leaky bullpen surrendered 4 late inning runs in what would be a 7-1 loss.
There was a glimmer of possible success in Saturday’s contest as they finished the seventh inning with the game tied 5-5. Once again, the overworked relief core couldn’t hold on, allowing 3 runs in the eighth inning, which led to an 8-5 loss.
On Sunday, the Rockies staged a solid comeback highlighted by an impressive 8 inning start by German Marquez, who allowed only 3 runs on 5 hits with 9 strikeouts. The Rockies bats were quiet until the sixth inning when Charlie Blackmon led off with a single. He was followed by backup first baseman Yonder Alonzo, who launched the first pitch he saw over the wall. This was Alonzo’s second straight game with a home run and this one happened to be the 100th of his 10-year Major League career. The bullpen came through securing an 8-3 victory.
The inconsistent effectiveness of the Rockies starting rotation and relief corps has been a major disappointment this season. Nevertheless, Rockies fans still have the thrill of watching their four All-Stars at the plate. Just looking at their RBI totals shows how they lead the way: Nolan Arenado 87, Trevor Story 66, Charlie Blackmon 65 and outfielder David Dahl (currently on the injured list) 61. Also, although he was not on the All-Star roster this season, veteran Daniel Murphy continues to increase his production in the lineup, contributing 61 RBI.
This week the Rockies return to Coors Field for a divisional series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After a day off on Thursday they’ll host the Miami Marlins over the weekend.
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