A couple of ex-Mariners, Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte, fueled the Dbacks series finale victory on Sunday to cap what is one of the worst road trips Colorado has ever had. They finish a three series road trip with only one win, getting swept by the Giants and the Dodgers for a 1-8 trip. The loss also put the Rockies at 1-11 for their last twelve games, losing two other series’ against the Dbacks.
It was a woeful way to start June/end July, but it hopefully gives the team a chance to face some adversity before rallying back into the NL West division race. They are still six games ahead of the Cubs for a wild card spot, but they cannot keep up this dismal play.
On Sunday, Colorado had a chance to win and rallied late, but was ultimately walked off on due to some poor pitching by Ottavino who continues to struggle. Going into the season, Otto was pegged as a possible option as closer, but now it seems as though he cannot even be trusted to get three outs without running into a lot of trouble, either by his own doing or by the other team having a good offense.
The only real positive from this game has to be the Rockies getting on the board in the ninth to tie the game up. Facing Fernando Rodney who has been absolutely terrific since becoming an American citizen, Colorado got to him for some hits for the first time in nearly eleven innings. With one out, Ryan Hanigan and Tony Wolters singled before Charlie Blackmon drove in Chatwood (who pinch-ran for Hanigan) on a single to left-center field.
The fight by the Rockies was a positive as they have been out of games late and not really shown much desire to even win. It is the second straight game where they made a game close in the late innings, but again it fell on the bullpen who could not seal the deal. This is also reflective of the offense who has made every game either close or has been down by a lot.
There has not been a lopsided win for Colorado since early June when they took down the Cubs by a score of 9-1. Every other win has been by four runs or fewer, with either the bullpen struggling or the offense struggling, giving the Rockies no easy wins.
Colorado faces the Reds for some games back at Coors Field in what are huge for getting this team back on track before the All-Star break. A four game set against Cincinnati and a three game set against the White Sox are all that stands between the Rockies and the break.