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The bad news, the Rockies are drastically underperforming at home and have now lost 7 in a row at Coors field. The good news? The Rockies are still only 2 games back in Western division that is underachieving. It is only a matter of time before a team like the Dodgers starts to catch fire, but until that happens the Rockies have a chance to right the ship.
The dismal play at Coors is a tandem of hitting and pitching. When the pitchers perform (which hasn’t been often at Coors), the offense falls flat. And when the offense racks up the runs, the pitching falters. Last night was a case of the offense falling flat.
Five runs is not always enough to win at Coors field, but when a pitcher goes 7.1 innings and only allows one run, it is plenty. The Rockies managed only 4 hits throughout the whole game and they just couldn’t get anything going against starter Rubby De La Rosa. De La Rosa was locating his fastball and his off-speed and breaking stuff was on point.
This game looked like it would be a pitching duel up until the sixth inning. Chris Rusin was not as effective as De La Rosa, but he was able to manage any damage done, until the big inning that always seems to plague the Rockies struck. The Dbacks had a hit in every inning of the game, so when the sixth started with a double from Wellington Castillo it seemed like just another inning. The Dbacks advanced him to third on a groundout and then some well placed hits and small ball opened the scoring up.
An intentional walk to Yasmany Tomas put two on for Chris Owings and Owings was able to smack a pitch to the left-center field gap for a run scoring double. A single by Nick Ahmed scored another run. De La Rosa then laid down a bunt on a squeeze to put the score to 3-0. One more run would score before the inning would end and the Dbacks had officially taken all of the momentum.
The Rockies need to get their home playing back on track. Playing at Coors is normally a positive for the Rockies and if they want to compete they need to win at home. The pitchers and offense just haven’t been there yet, but it will come. The offense will certainly not only get 4 hits every night, but the pitching definitely needs to step up as well.
Chad Bettis will face Robbie Ray in a Wednesday afternoon game. If the Dbacks win, they will be returning the favor the Rockies gave to the Dbacks early when they were swept at home by the Rocks. I anticipate a good performance by Bettis today with the offense going off for at least 6 runs.