Rockies lose opener in ninth

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The Rockies took one of their toughest losses of the season in an extremely important game. The loss left a lot of fans wondering whether this was the start of the midseason collapse or if it was just a hiccup in an otherwise impressive year. This is a game where the offense could’ve done a lot better and the bullpen didn’t do their job, but I think this was more a hiccup that anything.

The Marlins held a 1-0 lead for much of the game until the Rockies finally broke through in the eighth. The Marlins got on the board in the first when Giancarlo Stanton hit a double to score a run. From there, Jorge De La Rosa settled in a did a good job of keeping the Marlins lead to only one. De La finished six innings while allowing only four hits and walking three. He pitched around traffic when he needed to and had another quality start.

Unfortunately for De La, spot starter David Phelps was terrific. He was not able to get extended as this was his first start of the season, but he did keep the Rockies scoreless. In 4.1 innings, Phelps allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four. The Marlins bullpen also did a good job after Phelps left until Fernando Rodney in the eighth.

The bottom of the eighth started with two straight hits to put runners on first and second. Nolan Arenado then came up and the Rockies got a bit of luck. On an almost guaranteed double play ball, Dee Gordon messed up the throw to first and Arenado reached. The error allowed DJ to score and tied the game at 1-1. David Dahl then extended his hit streak and drove in a run on a single and Mark Reynolds double to score Dahl. The Rockies finished the inning with a lead and a good chance to win the game.

Carlos Estevez came on in the ninth and had his worst outing of the year. The first three batters reached against Estevez via a walk and two singles and a run scored. Estevez then got an out before intentionally walking Dee Gordon. That came back to bit him as Martin Prado ripped a single up the middle that scored two runs and gave the Marlins the lead. They scored one more run in the inning and finished with a 5-3 lead.

AJ Ramos closed the game out for the Marlins and the Rockies dropped to below .500. This was easily the worst loss of the second half and one of the worst of the season, but how the Rockies respond will define their season. If they can come back and win the next two, this series and season will not be lost. But losing another game would be a huge hit and they need to remain composed and play a good next two games.

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