Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP
Jeff Hoffman, while not incredible in his second start out, was still impressive. He didn’t get much help behind him with the Rockies defense booting the ball around and making two errors behind him. Hoffman kept his composure and got through six innings while allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits.
Hoffman pitched well enough for a win on Friday night, but the offense couldn’t supply the runs early and then the bullpen allowed the game to get too far away from them. Matt Carasiti had another bad outing for the Rockies as he allowed four runs in his one inning pitched. Before allowing those runs, it was a 4-2 game with the Nationals ahead, but they quickly increased that lead to a large amount and the Rockies were force to battle uphill in the late innings.
The Rockies did manage five runs in the game, but the offense was supplied almost entirely by Nick Hundley. Hundley had his best game of the season by driving in four and tallying three hits, falling a triple short of the cycle. Hundley is the sole reason this game was even close as he hit a three run home run in the ninth to bring the Rockies within three, but it was much too little and far too late.
Hundley had three of the Rockies hits with Ryan Raburn having two more himself. Outside of those batters, the Rockies were 1-27 in the game. It was really a bad game offensively even though they scored five runs and it left a lot to be desired.
The latest four games have really been a struggle for the Rockies in almost all facets of the game. Surprisingly, the starting pitching has been the least concerning, but that is mainly due to the bullpen being a dumpster fire and the offense struggling in many places. With DJ LeMahieu injured, the revolving door that is first base, the black hole that is the bottom half of the lineup, and Cargo in a slump, the Rockies offense actually looks pretty bad. They do have some options down in the minor leagues which, but those will still have to wait a few days for the September call ups. The Rockies played themselves into contention in early July, but they have quickly played themselves out of it in August.
An afternoon game in D.C. will hopefully bring some life to the offense as DJ LeMahieu returns and the Rockies face a rookie pitcher. They will likely load up from the left side and hopefully the offense tallies enough runs to salvage any late inning collapse by the bullpen.