|Clint Barmes torched the Rockies on Tuesday.|
The new Pittsburgh Pirate, struggling at the plate in the early-going, promptly went 3-for-3 against the Rockies, including two doubles and the game-tying home run off of Matt Belisle in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Pirates went on to win the first game of the three game set 5-4.
It was one of those nights that just happens in baseball. As good as the bullpen has been for the Rockies, they are showing cracks.
Rex Brothers, considered by many to be the closer of the future, struggled for the second consecutive outing. On Sunday he nearly cost the Rockies the game, giving up a walk and a base hit before departing in favor of Belisle.
Brothers gave up two runs on three hits without recording an out. On Tuesday night it was Josh Roenicke's turn to get the Rockies out of trouble. He was able to minimize the damage caused by Brothers, but after the Rockies took the lead in the top of the 8th, Belisle couldn't keep his scoreless streak intact.
It would be easy to lay blame on Brothers, who cost Moyer another win, but he is a young, hard-throwing lefty. He is going to have struggles. As much as this team went out and got veterans in the offseason, they still have their fair share of young players who are going to need to be afforded time to learn at the big league level. Brothers fits that mold.
The Rockies offense bailed Brothers out, thanks to Carlos Gonzalez smacking his second home run of the day, but Belisle came in and simply didn't look as sharp as he has.
He missed location on Barmes, and as Rockies fans know, if Barmes gets a fastball he can turn on, he is dangerous.
As good as Belisle has been for the Rockies, it almost seemed like he was due for a bad outing. On Sunday he got the Rockies out of a jam that included getting the three, four and five hole hitters out in consecutive order. On Tuesday he walked his first batter of the season and gave up his first home run since September 6th of 2011.
There isn't a single manager in baseball who wouldn't be thrilled with Belisle's performance, even with the clunker on Tuesday.
The positive news for the Rockies came twice off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez. The slugger looked good at the plate for the first time since hammering Tim Lincecum on April 11th. Having Gonzalez come to life at the plate could bode very well for the Rockies, who will need to sweep Wednesday's doubleheader if they want to keep their series winning streak alive.
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