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The last time the Rockies won two games in a row were the last time they had wins before the atrocious June losing streak. Perhaps they are finally figuring things out and are ready to roll back into the winning ways, or maybe they just got a couple of lucky days. With the way the offense is right now, you have to assume that they may be figuring things out and that the pitching will be what decides wins or losses.
Monday’s game started on a high note with Charlie Blackmon hitting a home run on the third pitch of the game. Perdomo allowed another run in the second inning after three straight hits, but he did get an inning ending double play to prevent anymore damage.
The third inning would not get easier for Perdomo and this time it was mostly on him. After a walk, single, and error, the bases were loaded for Parra. He would not drive in a run, but Perdomo fixed that issue for the Rockies with the next two batters. Reynolds and Desmond would both get walked in to give the Rockies two easy runs and get Trevor Story to the plate. Story would the double to score two more runners. One more would score in the inning to give the Rockies five runs in the inning and a 7-2 lead.
The scoring would slow down for the next few innings until the seventh and eighth. After being removed with two outs in the seventh, Jake McGee came on to finish the inning and presumably take the eighth as well. He would get the final out of the seventh, but he gave up three runs in the eight on a homer, walk, and double before being removed. The final two runs came on a sac fly and single with Ottavino on the mound, but they were credited to McGee.
The Rockies would hold onto the lead, despite using five pitchers over the final 2.1 innings. Holland finished the game for Colorado relatively easily, but the rest of the bullpen made the win more stressful than it should have been. The bullpen needs help, and if the Rockies make any moves it needs to be for a bullpen arm or two.
Colorado will try and take a quick series win and earn a winning streak on Tuesday with Antonio Senzatela on the mound. They’d love for him to replicate what Marquez did and maybe see a less stressful win because of the bullpen.