|Brett Anderson went seven strong innings but got the ND.|
When Chad Bettis pitches for the Rockies, the night normally ends in a loss. Saturday was no exception.
In the 11th inning Chad Bettis came on to keep the game at a 2-2 score. On a 1-0 count, Jordy Mercer drove a ball to deep center field and out of the reach of Charlie Blackmon. Neil walker came around to score the winning run.
The loss was all the more frustrating because it once again wasted a stellar pitching performance. Brett Anderson, coming off a start in which he allowed four first inning runs, pitched spectacularly, holding the Pirates to only one run over seven strong innings. Anderson pitched like the pitcher the Rockies traded for, but came away with a no-decision.
The Rockies offense failed to string hits together and grounded into or lined into four double plays on the night. In the 11th, with a runner on first and third, Charlie Blackmon lined out to the pitcher and Charlie Culberson was doubled off at third base. That was the story of the Rockies night.
The only runs scored by the Rockies came off a 7th inning home run from Carlos Gonzalez. It was a positive sign from Cargo, who went 0-5 last night with five strikeouts. Aside from that home run, the Rockies only reached third base one other time.
The loss was perhaps the lesser concern tonight. In the 4th inning, Troy Tulowitzki hit a slow bouncer to shortstop and ran hard out of the box. A few steps in, Tulo pulled up and grabbed for his left quad. He came out of the game and the injury was said to be a left quad cramp, which is positive.
The big question of the night is, what do the Rockies need to do to win a game? Tonight, even the bullpen pitched well enough for the win, but the offense once again failed to score runs. It seems like every night, it’s either the hitting or the pitching. The Rockies need some consistency from all elements of the team to win.
Sadly, consistency is not what this team does. Away from Coors Field the offense falls short. At home, the offense scores runs, but the bullpen blows leads. The Rockies just lack the overall components to be a winning team consistently.
There is hope, however. Young pitchers are getting opportunities to pitch and all they need to do is seize the opportunity. That will bring consistency to the starting rotation.
The Rockies don’t have all awful bullpen pitchers either. Brothers is a pitcher that can be relied on, he proved that last year. Ottavino is also a strong bullpen pitcher, overuse has brought his recent woes, but he will recover.
And where the Rockies hold the most depth is there outfield. In time, three everyday outfielders will seperate themselves from the rest. Carlos Gonzalez will not be going anywhere, unless he gets injured again. Charlie Blackmon will likely take the other spot. What the Rockies need to do, though, is give Corey Dickerson the chance to play everyday, whether it’s against a lefty or righty pitcher. He has the skills and ability to be an offensive powerhouse, all he needs is the trust of the Rockies to let him play everyday. In the years to come, Corey Dickerson will develop into a star hitter. The Rockies just need to give him a chance.
The Rockies will look to salvage one game from the series tomorrow with Tyler Matzek on the hill. He has pitched well in his previous starts, but one or two innings has brought him losses. With a little help from his offense, I expect Matzek to bring home the win tomorrow for the Rockies.
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