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Another blow save by closer Carlos Estevez leaves a big question mark to whether he will close another game for the Rockies this year. With Adam Ottavino back and Boone Logan having a good year, the Rockies could, at the very least, matchup in the ninth and get a better result than they have been getting from Estevez. He is young and has plenty of potential, but his last two blown saves show he may not be ready for these high leverage games.
The blown save also calls into question Walt Weiss and his bullpen management. This has always been a problem for the third year manager, but the ninth inning on Monday really showed that he has a problem. It was immediately clear that Estevez wasn’t gonna be able to close out the game and with Boone Logan ready in the bullpen, Weiss should have brought him in to close out the game. Instead Estevez allowed two hits and a walk and three runs for his fifth blown save of the year. Boone Logan did allow the third run to score on a hit from Mitch Moreland, but it was Estevez who let the inning get out of hand in the first place.
The loss erased the best start of the year for Tyler Anderson. Anderson went seven terrific innings allowing only a solo home run to Adrian Beltre. The home run was one of only two hits he allowed to the Rangers. He did walk three, but the Rangers could not get anything going against the young lefty. Anderson now has a 3.04 ERA and has shown all the potential and more that the Rockies thought he had when drafting him in the first round in 2011.
The offense for the Rockies was held rather quiet against Cole Hamels, but they did break through for a couple of runs in the third and fourth innings. A single and stolen base put Cristhian Adames on second and that allowed Charlie Blackmon to drive him in with a single to break the 0-0 tie.
In the next inning, Nolan Arenado hit a milestone home run. It was a solo shot that gave him 30 on the year but it also gave him 100 in his career. The homer put the Rockies up 2-0 and had they done a better job in the ninth, that would have been the game winning run. Instead it was a side note in the Rockies tough loss.
They take on the Rangers again at home before heading off to Texas. Tyler Chatwood will need to be good at home for the Rockies to split the series. The offense might have to be the winning force in this game, but another loss would hurt the Rockies more than they would like at this point in the season.