Isaiah J. Downing USA TODAY Sports
If you watched the first three innings of this game and then turned it off, you would have assumed it to be an offensive showdown. However, after the third inning, neither team scored again. In fact, the Tigers only had four more hits over the course of the game and the Rockies went 0-6 and left runners on base in nearly every inning.
Both Antonio Senzatela and Jordan Zimmerman were shaky at best through the first three innings, but the bullpen for the Rockies kept the Tigers off the board and Zimmerman settled down and relied on the Rockies lack of execution to get through five innings. Neither pitcher was sharp, but both had some luck and timely outs to keep this game close.
For Colorado, after their three run second inning, the game looked to be falling in their direction. Jonathan Lucroy hit his first home run as a Rockies and Charlie Blackmon drove in Trevor Story with a single to give Colorado a 3-2 lead. The run scoring hits would end there, as the Rockies finished with 13 total hits, but only two of those actually scored runs.
Between the third and seventh inning, the Rockies left seven runners on, but most of those came as singles where no other person reached base. The sixth inning was their best chance to tie the game as they had the bases loaded with one out and the middle of their order up, but Arenado struck out and so did Parra to blow the Rockies best chance.
Whether it is a lack of focus, fatigue, bad approaches, or any number of other things that keeps the Rockies offense down is unknown, though it seems to be a culmination of a few of those things. A lineup shakeup still seems like it could be beneficial, as the players are just not producing as they are right now, but it also seems unlikely as Bud Black has not done many mixups.
The Rockies will look to even the series as they face one of the Tigers’ best pitchers on Tuesday. They send rookie German Marquez out to counter Michael Fulmer for what will hopefully be a get-back-on-track game for the Rockies offense.