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This was a game that at the very least should have gone another batter. Instead, the Rockies lost the game on error that turned into a walk off loss in the opener of the series against the Orioles. In what was an expected hitters matchup, the game turned to a well pitched game by both starters and ended with a low final score of 3-2.
This game started ugly for the Rockies. The first inning saw Jorge De La Rosa facing a difficult situation with the bases loaded after an uncharacteristic error by Nolan Arenado and a walk. De La did escape the jam for that inning, but would run into trouble again in the next inning.
Another walk and another error by Arenado gave the O’s the chance they needed to score the first run. A single by Adam Jones broke the scoring, but the main cause of the run was the throwing error by Nolan. It was only his third error of the season, but it would foreshadow the eventual loss for the Rockies.
Arenado did make up for his error in the fourth inning. With nobody on and no outs, Arenado hit a ball to left center that got out for his 26th home run of the year. It tied the game up and was a little retribution for Nolan.
The only other offense the Rockies could muster came in the seventh inning. With two outs, David Dahl earned his first career hit on single up the middle. It kept the inning going after a walk by Cargo who later got picked off. Dahl would advance on a wild pitch and score when Mark Reynolds singled up the middle. It gave the Rockies the lead, but it was very brief.
After a hit by pitch and double, Jorge would exit the game for Adam Ottavino. The next batter, Adam Jones, would ground out but the tying run would score. Overall it was a good game for De La who went 6.1 innings while giving up two runs on only four hits.
The scoring would cease until the bottom of the tenth when the Rockies would run into more trouble. Two singles with one out put runners on the corners for the Orioles. With Manny Machado at the plate, it was not looking good, but Jordan Lyles was able to induce a come backer that should have been at least an out and erased Adam Jones at third. Lyles had troubled handling the ball however and when he fired home to Hundley, he couldn’t handle the ball either. It resulted in a walk off error and was definitely not a play that should have lost the game. If either Lyles or Hundley do a better job of fielding it, the game goes another batter but instead they both mishandled the ball and the loss can be attributed to both of them.
Chad Bettis faces Chris Tillman in the second game of the series and the Rockies will look to even the series up at a game apiece. The offense will have to get some things going early because Tillman has been great this year. Bettis has been so-so and depending on which Bettis the Rockies get this game could go any number of ways.