Jeff Hoffman went four innings on Wednesday allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits. It was the second straight bad start for Hoffman and it sealed the Rockies fate. Aside from the walk-off loss, the Rockies were pretty much out of all of these games quick and early.
Thursday’s game had the Rockies winning by two runs two separate times, but once the Cardinals took the lead, the Rockies offense fell flat and the Cards never looked back. The bullpen once again struggled and with the inconsistencies on offense, this is a series the Rockies just want to forget about and move on.
The first inning was a good start for Colorado with a walk and two-run homer from Nolan Arenado to take a lead, but it was immediately erased in the bottom half of the inning. The Rockies took the lead back in the third when Gerardo Parra had a clutch two-out, two-run double. Parra has been the most consistent player since coming off the DL and the other players would really love to mimic his production.
The fourth inning saw the Rockies fall apart, mainly on the mound. The Cardinals loaded the bases before the Rockies even recorded an out and even after the first out was recorded, the Cardinals got five runs in the inning. Hoffman would get out of the inning, but he was removed after getting the third out for a pretty bad final line. He had been really good early, but the rookie pitchers have been struggling and really need to rebound.
The Rockies wild card lead is down to four games over Milwaukee, but they are making moves to hopefully improve their recent struggles. Last night they acquired Pat Neshek for three minor leaguers, none really of importance as of yet, but it brings some much needed bullpen help. The Rockies may still make another move, for a catcher, bullpen arm, or possible starter, but that will remain to be seen.