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The Rockies pitching staff gave up 12 runs on Monday and they fell apart again on Tuesday allowing 11 runs to the Dbacks offense. This was a game where, after the first inning, they never even seemed to be in it.
The Rockies started the game really strong with three runs in the first. Charlie Blackmon started it out with a walk and DJ followed that with a run scoring double. Arenado followed that up with a triple, his sixth of the year. The Rockies got the final run of the inning on Cargo’s ground out and they were looking good.
Jorge De La Rosa quickly relinquished that lead in the bottom of the inning on a couple of doubles, a home run and a single that would give the Dbacks a 4-3 lead. They would get much more offense than that and De La would get through only 3.1 innings allowing six total runs. He walked four in the game and allowed two home runs, both to Jean Segura.
Eddie Butler would not do much better when he came in to replace Jorge. In only 1.1 innings, Eddie would give up five runs on six hits and a walk. Those two pitchers lost the Rockies the game and put them down to an insurmountable lead early in the game. The Rockies only got one more run in the game, a solo homer from Charlie Blackmon, and they just couldn’t get anything else going.
Robbie Ray was really solid after the first inning and he continued to rack up the strike outs. In only five innings, Ray struck out seven Rockies, one of which brought him up to 200 on the year. After Ray was removed Matt Koch finished the final four innings allowing only two hits. If you remove the first inning, the Dbacks two pitchers had a great outing and even with the runs in the first, it can be considered solid.
The Rockies will try and avoid the sweep on Wednesday as they send their rookie Jeff Hoffman to the mound. Hoffman will try and recover from his rough start against San Diego and hopefully earn his first major league win.