With a little bit of a rough outing from Antonio Senzatela and a fantastic return from the DL by James Paxton, the Rockies never really stood a chance. They were shutout in the game, by both Paxton and the bullpen, and lost by a score of 5-0. The Rockies had only four hits on the night, with two coming from Tony Wolters out of the ninth spot.
It wasn’t an awful start from Senzatela by any means, but it was bad enough to keep the Rockies out of it, which isn’t saying much considering they scored no runs. Senzatela gave up four runs over five innings with his two walks coming around to hurt him.
After allowing three runs in the second on a couple of doubles and singles, the Rockies were down and out early. Senzatela had a rough last inning in the fifth when he walked the leadoff batter and allowed him to advance on a balk and a wild pitch. He eventually scored on a single for the final run coming off of Senzatela.
Sensei did have seven strikeouts on the night, a positive sign for a pitcher who has been low on strikeouts thus far, but it was a lone bright spot for the young rookie.
James Paxton managed through 5.1 innings in his first outing back from the DL, but he left off right where he started. Over those innings, Paxton walked none and struck out six, allowing only three hits, with two coming in his last inning.
While May has just ended and the Rockies are still near the top of the division, the recent losses have lead to some worrying. The pitching has not been as good and the offense has been struggling. Luckily for Colorado, after this series against Seattle, they will not face them again this season. So if it happens to just be Seattle having Colorado’s number, the Rockies can get back on track. However, if the Rockies continue to struggle, there may be actually reason to worry. The losses are really hurting Colorado as LA is the hottest team in the NL right now with no signs of slowing down.
The Rockies will try and win the series finale with Kyle Freeland on the hill as he faces Yovani Gallardo. Nothing is a sure bet recently, but if there was a game the Rockies should win, it is this one.