A day after Tyler Chatwood failed to get out of the fifth inning, Tyler Anderson needed to be good to preserve the bullpen. That was the ideal scenario but it did not play out even close to being that easy. Anderson gave up six runs and got through only five innings, but the Rockies were out of the game early and could not claw their way back into it.
Seattle, an offense that was struggling heavily coming into Colorado, has seemed to get their groove back as they scored ten runs on 19 hits in the game. They had two home runs, and really controlled the game from beginning to end. With their starter Ariel Miranda on the mound, they needed only a few runs as he was really good. He got through only five innings and walked four, but he also only gave up two runs, which was good enough to keep the Rockies down.
The game could have been even worse, as the Rockies turned four double plays which often cut innings short and kept the Mariners from really breaking a game open. But even with the four double plays, it was not nearly enough to keep the Mariners from making this a blowout and taking both games at Coors Field.
It is only the second series lost by Colorado this year with the only other one coming against the Nationals. Losing a series to the Nationals is forgivable, as they are a really good team. The Mariners however, are not good and have struggled so far this year, and losing two to them at home is a tough pill to swallow.
Luckily for the Rockies, they get a chance to get some immediate revenge by heading out to Seattle for another two games against the Mariners. These are two games they need to win, as with the loss they fell out of first place to the Dodgers who have not slowed down.
The Rockies will get some better and more consistent starters in this two game set and that should lead to some wins, as pitching has actually been the biggest strength of this team early on. For now, the Rockies will take what they can get from Anderson and Chatwood, but with Gray nearing his return and Hoffman still waiting for the call up, there may not be room soon if these two continue to struggle.