The Rockies lost by only a run during Tuesday’s game, but it came on one hit and other than that, the offensive was terrible. Jon Gray pitched well enough to earn a win, had the offense done anything to help him, but they just couldn’t do anything against Danny Duffy and the Royals bullpen.
The ninth inning saw the Rockies threatening, but it was a lot less of them finally rallying and a lot more of the Royals giving it to them. With two outs, Jonathan Lucroy looped a ball down the right field line that turned into a triple when Melky Cabrera dove and missed the ball. Kelvin Herrera then walked the next two batters to load the base and got to a 2-0 count before being removed due to an injury. With Pat Valaika at the plate and a 2-0 count, the Royals had to bring in Scott Alexander, but he threw a strike and Valaika swung at the next pitch and grounded out to end the game.
It was a pretty poor approach by Valaika who only needed to work a walk or wait for a pitch he could hit, but instead he swung at a pitch he shouldn’t have and grounded out. Starting with a 2-0 count and facing a pitcher who is coming in to face his first batter is a huge advantage to the hitter, but with the way the Rockies offense has been going there was really no chance.
The only other hit away from Lucroy’s triple was a Nolan Arenado two-run homer. It put the Rockies right back in the game, but with the lack of hits it really didn’t matter. The offense has been abysmal and with the lack of productive outs, even when hits are strung together the Rockies seemingly come away empty.
They really need to show up in Wednesday’s game and stop this three game slide, with hopefully some solid offense. Antonio Senzatela will return to the rotation to face a struggling Ian Kennedy, a good candidate for the Rockies offense revival.