Rough starts dooms Rockies again

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Four runs in the first three innings given up by Bettis put the Rockies down early and from there they couldn’t mount a comeback. They had a better offensive game than they did on Friday night, but it still wasn’t enough. The final score was 4-3 and it guarantees the Rockies their sixth straight losing series. Since sweeping the Mets at home, the Rockies have just fallen apart.

The Padres started the scoring much like they did on Friday, with a long home run. This one came off the bat of Wil Meyers, but it did come with nobody on which benefited the Rockies. They were also able to immediately counter the single run scored.

In the top of the second, Charlie Blackmon laced a clutch two out, two run double to give the Rockies the lead. Since Charlie’s slow start and injury at the start of the year, he has come back as a force from the leadoff spot providing power and average along with seeing a lot of pitches. He is an obvious bright spot in this recent stretch of struggles, but he is one of the only bright spots.

The Padres came right back in the next inning and hit another home run, this one came from Derek Norris and it came with a man on. Just as quickly as the Rockies got the lead, they relinquished it. Chad Bettis has struggled mightily this year with giving up the long ball and this was another game that plagued him. He is allowing 1.43 home runs an inning which is nearly the same amount he was allowing in his terrible 2014 year. Bettis has regressed very much so in this last month or so and no longer gives the dependability that he brought earlier or for much of last year. He’s not ready to be written off just yet, but if he doesn’t get back on track and quickly, the Rockies will be looking at trouble for the rest of the year in their rotation.

The Rockies did come within a run for this game when Mark Reynolds hit a home run in the fourth. It was only his third long ball of the year, but the numbers he is putting up for average has more than made up for his lack of power. Reynolds has been the most pleasant surprise this year and him taking the job from Ben Paulsen was totally justified and has remained a good decision. As stated many times, the Rockies offense is not the problem and although they have had some struggles recently, the pitching needs to pick up the slack more than the offense does.

Jon Gray takes the mound on Sunday night and will hopefully cap off this series with a win. Jon Gray unlike any Rockies pitcher in years, instills the feeling that he could go out and dominate on any given night. Gray needs to dominate tonight to get the Rockies back on track, but he also needs some offense. The Rockies have struggled, but the baseball season is a long one and anything can happen over the next four months.

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