The Rockies have now not scored in nineteen innings, being shutout in two straight games against two of the league’s worst teams. Both Matt Moore and Clayton Richard have struggled against the Rockies, but with an offense missing the pitchers looked excellent. The Rockies hit into three double plays on Thursday and struck out 12 times to amount to a terrible game.
It really sucks when the offense is missing, but it is made even worse when the pitchers perform. Tyler Anderson was not perfect, but he was only an out away from a quality start and allowed the only three runs of the game. The bullpen kept the Padres scoreless, but the offense couldn’t get a runner to cross home plate.
Christian Villanueva for the Padres did most of the damage hitting a home run and a single to drive in two of the three Padres’ runs. The other run came on a Hunter Renfroe single, but it was hardly the dagger in the heart that the Rockies seemed to be exhibiting. However, with the offense missing at the worst time of the season, the Rockies are clearly in trouble.
It comes down to Friday’s game as Jordan Lyles takes the mound for the Padres and Jon Gray toes the rubber for Colorado. This is easily the biggest game of the season, as each game of the season will be until the Rockies either clinch a spot or fall out. Jordan Lyles is, simply put, a terrible pitcher and the Rockies should beat up on him. If they cannot score AT LEAST four runs against Lyles, there is a serious sign that the Rockies may finish the season looking from the outside in to the playoff race.