|De La Rosa was great, but the pen and the offense wasn't.|
The Colorado Rockies started the second half of the season on the wrong foot. With plenty of opportunities missed, a good start from Jorge De La Rosa was wasted and the Rockies fell 4-2 to the Pirates.
Coming out of the first half of the season, De La Rosa had proven his ace status amongst the Rockies pitching staff. Friday night, De La Rosa was solid once again. He gave up only one earned run and four hits in six strong innings of work.
The Rockies offense failed to drive in runs though and ultimately that was their downfall. The Rockies had eight hits and many opportunities due to Pittsburgh’s sloppy defense, but they struck out twelve times in the game and left 11 men on base.
Leaving runners on base is especially costly when your bullpen is like the Rockies. In the 7th inning, Rex Brothers came in to relieve and allowed two hits with another batter reaching on an error by third baseman Nolan Arenado. Adam Ottavino then came in with the bases loaded. Starling Marte learned what “take one for the team” really means, as he took a fastball from Ottavino in the head. That brought in the tying run bringing the game to a 2-2 score.
Matt Belisle showed more of his overuse and allowed two runs and three hits. The ninth inning ended with no drama, except for the fact Carlos Gonzalez struck out for his fifth time of the night.
As the losses pile up, many fans stop watching games, but it is important to remember what being a fan of your team is. The Colorado Rockies need faithful fans. This is a franchise that can’t buy fans by bringing in star players, so it is important to continue supporting the team.
The front office of the Colorado Rockies also makes it hard to support this losing franchise, but that must be ignored. Continue supporting the players of the Colorado Rockies by watching the games and by voicing complaints to the ownership. A change will happen, as unlikely as it seems, in time. And when that time comes, the Rockies will have the ability to compete year in and year out.
Continue supporting the team and be the loyal franchise the Rockies’ players deserve. With the support of fans, anything is possible. Amazing things happen every year in baseball and there’s no reason something amazing can’t happen this year. Tulo himself has optimism for this Colorado Rockies team. Whether Tulo really believes in a comeback or not, is to be determined, but when a star player has hope, you can have hope too. With some solid pitching and bullpen tuneups, there’s no reason the Rockies can’t at least compete for a .500 record.
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