Sunday, June 26, 2011

Colorado Rockies drop rubber match, lose series to Yankees

Rookie Juan Nicasio was perfect through 4-1/3 innings. Then, as has happened to many young starters facing the Yankees, New York figured him out.

After the Rockies put themselves in a position to take the three game series, going up 3-0, the Yankees battled back, getting back-to-back home runs from Nick Swisher, a two-run shot, and then a solo blast from Jorge Posada. The homers knotted the game up at three, and spring boarded the Yankees to victory.

Ty Wigginton, who has been a savior for the Rockies in the wake of Ian Stewart not turning the corner, continued to light up American League pitchers. He drilled two home runs for the second time on the road trip. His total for the trip is five bombs, two in Cleveland, three in New York.

Thanks to Wigginton and Chris Iannetta, who added a solo shot in the fifth, the Rockies were still in a position to win the game. It looked like they might get their chance when Matt Belisle induced Russell Martin into what would have been a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play ball. However, sure-handed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki couldn't handle the hot-shot, and instead of getting out of the inning, the Rockies were staring at two men on with one out.

Belisle then gave up a soft single in the third base hole to Eduardo Nunez, plating the Yankees fifth run.

A series loss is never something to be happy about. However, to look on the bright side for the Rockies, they went out in three games under the bright lights and in front of far more media than they play in front of on a daily basis, and didn't get distracted. They didn't fold under the pressure. In fact, they didn't look like the typical Rockies team on the road even once.

Instead of playing as if they were going to get beat the whole time, the Rockies battled and fought in all three games. Even with a "B" lineup on the field Saturday against CC Sabathia, the Rockies found a way to scratch out a run, when, with Aaron Cook on the mound, they really had no chance to begin with.

The Rockies fly to Chicago to make up a postponed game from May on Monday. A win would give them a 4-3 mark on the road trip and a reason to be optimistic going into a six-game home stand against the White Sox and Royals. With Jhoulys Chacin on the mound in Chicago, the Rockies have a good chance at ending the road trip on a positive note and coming back to Coors Field with a .500 mark.

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