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Because of a big inning, that arguably could have been avoided had one called strike been made, the Rockies lost 9-5. Now it is hard to put this all on an umpire, especially when the Rockies were bad with RISP again and didn’t pitch very well. However, the one called ball that turned into a collapse of an inning was a real nail in the coffin as the Dbacks took full advantage of it and turned a walk into a five run inning.
The pitching was that great to start with and had Kyle Freeland not got the timely double plays that he had gotten, he would’ve been out of the game even quicker. With two double plays turned in the first two innings, Freeland still only went four innings while allowing three runs, one in each of the first three innings. He gave up five hits and walked four while throwing 74 pitches.
This was a sloppy game, for both teams really, as the Rockies had three errors and walked seven in the game while the Dbacks had an error and walked eight, with a HBP as well. The Dbacks played pretty on offense though so the miscues on the pitching side were easier to overlook for the Dbacks, who have now won eight straight games.
The offense for the Rockies came in two innings of the game, the sixth and seventh, and both times it looked as though they were showing some life, something they have not been great at doing this year. Down 4-0, the Rockies got an RBI double for Cargo, who went 2-4 on the night with two doubles, and got a sac fly from Trevor Story after a productive out from Lucroy.
Those runs came in the sixth and were quickly answered with the DBacks five run inning, and just like that the Rockies were down 9-2. But they once again had some life in the seventh when Nolan singled and Reynolds and Desmond walked to load the bases. Cargo had an RBI groundout, but then Jonathan Lucroy struck out. Trevor Story would come through once again though with a double to the right-center field gap to bring the Rockies within four, still a large hill to climb.
Despite having men reach in the eighth and ninth, no one got past first base and the Rockies fell by a score of 9-5. This loss hurts as the Brewers won and came within a game and a half and the Rockies are now in desperation as they try to hold on to the second wild card. If this funk continues, this will be a monumental collapse as the Rockies once had a comfortable lead. There is still a month to go and things could turn around, but they need to happen quickly.