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What was a very rare occurrence in a Nolan Arenado error turned into the reason the Rockies lost. A throwing error with two outs in the eighth inning cost the Rockies what would be the game winning run, blowing a quality start by Kyle Freeland.
The Rockies scored only three runs in the game, all solo homers, and that was another contributing factor in the loss. The last game the Rockies scored more than three runs was August 5th, eleven days ago. The offense is slumping, but not in regards to getting on base. The main struggle right now is hitting with runners in scoring position. When men get on, the Rockies bats go cold, either striking out or popping out, but not getting a productive out or clutch hit.
Kyle Freeland did not put up quite the start that Bettis did on Monday, but he was solid in his return to the rotation. Freeland allowed only four hits, but did walk two, both of whom scored in the second inning. The other run Freeland allowed came on a Nick Markakis home run, but it was only a solo shot and had Freeland not walked two batters, the Rockies may have pulled this one out.
Regardless of what could have happened or what has happened in the past week, the Rockies need more offense. Jon Gray has been a friend to the offense in games he started, earning good run support, so hopefully that follows suit in Wednesday’s game. All it takes is a couple of clutch hits and the Rockies could explode for some runs, but they need the game plan going into it and need to execute as well.