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For the fourth straight game the Rockies scored a run or less and earned their sixth straight loss. This road trip has been a story of the offense doing nothing and good performances from the starters being completely wasted.
On Monday afternoon it was Tyler Anderson pitching another solid performance, but not getting backed by the offense. Anderson managed another quality start in his young career going six solid innings and allowing only three runs. All three runs did come off of two home runs, but three runs is normally not enough to win a game.
The offense just wasn’t there, but it was different from the three game sweep that came in LA. The Rockies did manage to threaten early in the game and had all the opportunity in the world to get out to a good lead quickly. In the second inning with one out, the Rockies doubled, singled, and walked to load the bases with one out. Unfortunately for the Rockies it was their young pitcher batting. Jake Peavy did balk in a run, but got out of the inning without any further damage. Peavy struck out Anderson and got a ground out from Blackmon.
The Giants tied the game in the next inning when Buster Posey hit a solo shot. They would come back in the third and score another two runs on a home run from Angel Pagan. That is where the scoring would end as neither team really got anything more going. The Rockies finished with 6 hits and the Giants with 5.
The recent offensive slump from the Rockies has dropped them to 8 games back in the wild card and has erased essentially any chance at reaching the playoffs. Luckily the All-Star break is in sight and the Rockies can hopefully regain some life. The playoffs may be out of the picture, but preparing their young guys for the next couple of years and building the team that will bring them to the playoffs is not out of the question. The Rockies have the young pitchers to form a solid five man rotation and the recent slump on offense is not indicative of what the Rockies typically do.
Although the slump has erased hopes for the playoffs, the Rockies still need to fight to stay out of the basement. No one expected the Rockies to finish first or earn a wild card spot, but finishing third in the division should be considered growth from a team that ha struggled mightily in recent years.