Mark J. Rebilas USA Today Sports
The Rockies lost their opener to the Nationals on Monday night by a close score of 5-4. There were few bright spots, but the spots that were bright were the same ones that they have been for much of this stretch of terrible losses. DJ LeMahieu had four hits and now sports a .337 average, Charlie Blackmon hit another home run after winning player of the week honors, and David Dahl hit a two run home run.
The good offense from those three was overshadowed by the negatives of the game. The Rockies scored three runs in the first and one more in the fourth, but they went quiet after that and once again the clutch hit eluded them. They did manage ten hits, but with four coming from DJ LeMahieu and nobody behind him really doing much, they were never able to do anything with DJ getting on base. The only run outside of the first came on Charlie’s career high 21st homer of the year.
The starting pitching was decent with De La Rosa going six innings and allowing four runs, but as mentioned the offense couldn’t back him up enough. De La Rosa had to pitch around trouble all night, as he often does, but his four walks and six hits allowed didn’t hurt him nearly as much as it could have.
The Rockies took a tied game into the seventh inning, but the bullpen once again gave away that tie quickly. With Jordan Lyles on the mound, Trea Turner hit a leadoff single and then stole second base. Jayson Werth lined out and Walt brought in Boone Logan for the lefties in the Nationals lineup. Daniel Murphy walked on four pitches and Bryce Harper then hit a double to drive in a run and give the Nationals the game winning run.
It was just another bad game for the Rockies and while it wasn’t as bad as some have been during this recent stretch, a loss is a loss and the Rockies seem further away from the playoffs than they ever have this season. They will try and snap their losing streak with Chad Bettis on the mound, but with their abysmal bullpen and bottom of their lineup, it seems like they will need one of the best teams in the league to make some mistakes.