Rockies’ road woes continue in 7-2 drubbing at hands of Diamondbacks


You know that rockslide in Boulder Canyon on Tuesday night? The one with five truck-sized boulders?

That’s nothing compared to the road slide the Rockies are on now.

They lost 7-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night at Chase Field, falling to 1-10 away from home this season. Colorado’s overall record of 9-17 is the second-worst 26-game start in franchise history, behind only the 6-20 mark by the 2005 team.

Friday’s game followed a familiar script for the Rockies, but there were a few plot twists.

For one thing, the Rockies committed four errors, two by shortstop Trevor Story. Only one error really cost them, but it illustrated that the Rockies are not playing good baseball. It was the first time they were charged with four errors since Sept. 26 of last year, also at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks.

The other twist? Starter Jon Gray gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits but still managed to stick around for six innings. And he threw just 83 pitches. That doesn’t quite compute — until you consider what the D-Backs did to Gray in their four-run fifth inning.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit an RBI double on a 3-1 pitch, but then David Peralta, Carson Kelly and Eduardo Escobar singled in succession, all of them ripping the first pitch they saw from Gray.

As they did Thursday night in a series-opening 5-3 loss, the Rockies scored first, with Story rocking a double off left-hander Madison Bumgarner and scoring on C.J. Cron’s single. But then “MadBum” settled in for the next four innings. He allowed just that single run on four hits, while striking out six and walking only one.

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Bumgarner departed the game after five innings despite throwing only 81 pitches. There was no word during the game as to why he was removed.

In their 11 road games this season, the Rockies have been outscored 65-26. With runners in scoring position, they are batting .209.

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Curiously, the Rockies are pitching much better at hitter-friendly Coors Field than they are on the road. At home, Colorado has a 3.87 team ERA, and a 3.12 ERA by its starters.

It’s a different story on road. The Rockies’ overall road ERA is 6.20, including a 6.88 ERA by their starters.

The Rockies added a run in the seventh on a …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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