There is no doubt that this is the roughest stretch the Rockies have had this year and hopefully it does not continue much longer. In a 14 inning game, the Rockies got offense in only one inning but had great pitching throughout. It seems if it’s not one thing, it’s another during this stretch. The offense was basically nonexistent after the sixth, but the pitching was terrific.
Jeff Hoffman was a bright spot in this game as he went 6.2 innings. He allowed two runs and he would have saved the bullpen, had the game ended after the ninth instead of going five more innings. He did walk three batters, but those were the only batters walked in the game, another positive sign for Colorado and the staff.
In the sixth inning, the Rockies made the Giants pay for an intentional walk to Arenado. With two on and two out, Mark Reynolds hit a three-run shot to give the Rockies their only scoring of the day. It was much needed, but in the end it turned out to be too little, though who knows if they would have been able to hold a bigger lead anyways.
In the eighth inning, the 3-2 lead would end up disappearing. Scott Oberg allowed a leadoff single before being removed for McGee, but McGee could not keep him from scoring. With a couple of singles, the Giants tied the game for what would eventually send it to extra innings.
Chad Qualls would come in the game in the 14th to try and keep the game going, but that he could not do. He would allow a double before giving up the walk-off single to Denard Span. After so many good innings by Greg Holland, Chris Rusin, and Mike Dunn, it was all erased in an instant by Qualls who has really not been that good this year.
The Rockies need to take this last game from the Giants. It is a day game which means the ball will be flying a little more, so hopefully the offense can finally get things going and the pitching can build off the positives of Tuesday night. This is a rough stretch, but the Rockies can still get back on track as they are far from out of it, especially this early in the season.