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The Rockies couldn’t end the season the way they would have liked as they lost to the Brewers in extras by a score of 6-4. This game was not only a repeat of Saturday’s matchup, but was very similar to many of the Rockies losses this year. A late rally, a solid start by the starting pitcher, and a late lead blown by the bullpen all seemed to be themes for the Rockies this year and it highlights, once again, what the priorities need to be this offseason.
The offense for both teams got some runs on the board early and resulted in a 2-2 tie through the first two innings. Charlie Blackmon drove in both runs for the Rockies, one on a solo shot to leadoff the game and one on a double, and the Brewers scored two in the second off of German Marquez.
After the second, Marquez settled down and ended up cruising through six innings. He allowed only six hits and a walk while striking out seven Brewers for what was a really good way to end his season. Marquez, like Hoffman who pitched Saturday, will be competing for a rotation spot this coming year for what should be a dangerous and young Rockies rotation.
The Rockies ended up taking a lead in the fifth inning when a couple of doubles from the rookies gave the Rockies a run. Tom Murphy started it off with a two out double and Jordan Patterson drove him in with a double of his own.
The lead would disappear in the eighth inning as the Brewers got a two run home run to take a 4-3 lead. Then once again, the Rockies rallied in the ninth to tie the game up and send it to extras. A couple of broken bat hits and some sloppy play by the Brewers allowed the Rockies to tie the game up, but it would not last long at all.
With Chris Rusin on the mound and two outs, the Brewers got another homer in extras to take a lead for good and send the Rockies to the offseason with a bad taste in their mouths. It capped what has been a season of blown late leads and sends the Rockies with a need of getting some bullpen reliability. There were very few bright spots out of the bullpen this year and if the Rockies are to compete, they need to make some improvements there.
With some bullpen help, they will also be getting a new manager this offseason as Walt Weiss announced he will not return. Depending on who the Rockies can pick up, this is almost an immediate improvement to the bullpen as Walt’s bullpen management was always at the forefront of his criticisms.