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The Rockies offense was flat for most of the night and only started to come around in the ninth inning, but at that point it was far too late. Tyler Chatwood ran into some trouble with home runs and the Rockies just couldn’t get anything going against Wily Peralta. Ultimately it gave the Rockies the first loss of the season, but they still have a chance to win the series early Thursday afternoon.
The good news for the Rockies is that they only used two pitchers over the course of the game with Jordan Lyles coming into the game and closing out the final two innings. Lyles also gave up a home run in the eighth inning, but it just didn’t really matter at that point and the Rockies should be content with getting out of the game conserving their bullpen.
The Rockies offense really didn’t have anything going, tallying only five hits over the course of the game, with two coming in the ninth inning. Some base running mistakes early, a caught stealing and Reynolds trying to advance to third on a ball in front of him, kept the Rockies from rallying for a run early.
When the ninth inning came around, Trevor Story doubled and Mark Reynolds singled him in to prevent the shutout. The Rockies would then load up the bases but could not convert when Blackmon struck out.
The big concern early has to be the lack of offense from the top of the order. The bottom of the lineup has been exceeding expectations thus far, but the top five have done next to nothing. On Wednesday the top five tallied only two hits in 17 at bats. They did walk four times, but not earning any hits is hurting them, especially early in the game when they go out with no offense in the first inning.
Antonio Senzatela will make his first start on Thursday and hope to earn the Rockies a series win. This will be the final game before the Rockies head home for the opener, but it will be good to earn some momentum going into what will be a tough series against the Dodgers.