Rox can’t complete sweep, split double header

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With a big offensive first game and a second game in which both teams combined for only eight hits, you had two very different games. The Rockies dolled out 10 runs and 16 hits in game one and earned a win by a score of 10-6, but lost the second game 3-1 behind one big inning from the Nats.

Kyle Freeland actually pitched worse than Jon Gray did in the win, but the offense was just not there in the loss. Gray pitched seven innings and struck out eight, even taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but the Nats offense got to him with two bombs in that inning.

It started with an Anthony Rendon single which was followed with an Adam Lind homer. One batter later, Brian Goodwin homered to give the Nats a three run inning and a two run lead. Neither team would score and only one more player would even reach after the fifth inning ended.

Whether it was fatigue from playing an offensive first game or just both teams locking down on the mound, who knows. But either way, the Rockies split the double header. They still did win the series and are only a .5 game back of the Dbacks for the first wild card spot.

The Rockies made only one move at the deadline, as of 7:15 on Monday, picking up Jonathan Lucroy from the Rangers for a player to be named later. Lucroy is a rental and one that has struggled, which really reduced his price as a trade piece. This makes him an affordable risk with high upside which very well could pay off for the Rockies, who have the worst platoon of catchers in baseball this year.

Tony Wolters might be the softest hitting player in all of baseball and Ryan Hanigan is just a below average veteran player who probably plays better as a presence in clubhouse more than anything else. Lucroy is a veteran like Hanigan, but offers much better offensive potential than both Hanigan and Wolters combined. What exactly this trade will do for the Rockies down the line will remain to be seen, but even if he does not produce anything at all, he is an essentially no risk player.

 

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