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3 errors for the Rockies and a short outing by Bettis could’ve been the Rox downfall for their mid-afternoon game, but the offense came up big and so did ex-starter Jorge De La Rosa. 14 hits and 11 runs gave the Rockies the win over the Pirates for their final game of the season against Pittsburg.
Bettis has struggled for much of the season now after what seemed like consistent pitching. He was able to go into the sixth inning into many of his starts, but he has only recorded 5 quality starts in 13 outings this season. Bettis had his shortest outing of the season going only 3 innings and allowing four earned runs and five total runs. Based on Bettis’ outings of late, the Rockies are probably close to reevaluating where Bettis belongs in the Rockies team. This is further reinforced by the fact that both Eddie Butler and Chris Rusin had good starts against the Dodgers and storied veteran starter De La Rosa has been really great coming out of the bullpen.
After allowing the five runs, De La Rosa came on and was tasked with going at least 3 innings and keeping the Rockies from losing the game. De La managed to go four innings of perfect baseball while striking out 5. Since coming out of the bullpen, De La has gone 8 innings and has allowed only one run over those innings. With some uncertainty in the rotation going forward and his consistency of late, he may find himself back in the rotation before the month is up.
De La Rosa was terrific in this game, but the Rockies offense was the main reason they won. Scoring six first inning runs gave the Rockies an early lead that couldn’t be overcome by the Pirates and lead to the eventual win. Four straight hits in the first, a single, double, single and triple, gave the Rockies the 3-1 lead after giving up a first inning run. They were able to score one more on a Mark Reynolds ground out before the inning was up. It is worth noting also that another home run was taken away from the Rockies because of the new right field fence. Raburn hit a ball off the top of the fence and recorded the Rockies 22nd triple of the year at home instead of the home run he would have gotten.
The Pirates would come back in the third to bring the score of the game to 6-5, but the Rockies would further extend their lead in the fourth and fifth inning, finally getting the Pittsburg starter Jeff Locke out of the game. Locke would give up 11 runs to the Rockies and was essentially forced as offensive fodder for them as Clint Hurdle was trying to conserve his bullpen in what is a long stretch of no off days similar to the Rockies.
The Rockies eliminated the strikeouts from their game striking out only 4 times. Compared to the 35 times that came in the previous series against the Dodgers, this number is terrific to see them not swinging wild.
Another series against the Padres caps the 27 days straight for the Rockies as they play three straight and finally get an off day on Monday. Jon Gray will start the first game and he looks to continue his recent string of success.