Big third inning not enough for Rockies

Colorado Rockies v Miami Marlins
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The Rockies need to take this road trip and salvage whatever they can from it before falling into oblivion. After winning four straight, the Rockies have lost the first two games against the Marlins in pitching match ups that should have favored them. On Friday it was Jon Gray who pitched well, but not better than Adam Conley. On Saturday the Rockies got to starter Wei-Yin Chen, but it was a day that also saw their own starter, Tyler Chatwood, exiting early with back spasms.

Chatwood was only able to get through 1.2 innings before exiting, and he labored to get through that. It was clear from the get go that Chatwood had something wrong as he struggled to finish batters off and was starting ball one ball two on a lot of hitters. He allowed three earned runs and two walks before handing the ball off to Eddie Butler, who didn’t do much better himself. Butler did get through 3.1 innings, but he allowed six runs and the home run ball was a prime offender of the runs allowed.

In two innings against the Marlins in this series, the Rockies have scored seven runs. In the other 16 innings, they are scoreless. The Rox scored six runs in the third inning on Saturday, but went quietly in every other inning. After LeMahieu tripled, Cargo singled him in to start the scoring. The next four batters reached and two runs scored to tie the game at 3-3. Nick Hundley then walked to the plate with the bases loaded and came up clutch for the Rockies. He lifted a double to right center field that cleared the bases and put the Rockies up 6-3.

That would end the scoring for the Rockies however, while the Marlins would score two more runs in the bottom half of the third and four more runs in the fifth. That would give them the 9-6 lead and the Rockies would not come back from that.

The Rockies will play an early game on Sunday and need to win this one to salvage this series. They can’t win the series, but they can split and take some momentum as they head to New York on Tuesday. Tyler Anderson takes the mound and hopes to build off his first major league start and earn his first big league win. It is an important game for the Rockies to win to give them a chance to go .500 on the road trip.

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