Rockies Collapse Against Visiting D-backs 9-7
The Colorado Rockies (15-22) bullpen couldn't hold on against the Arizona Diamondbacks (17-22), en route to a 9-7 loss yesterday in Denver. All nine of the Arizona runs were scored with two outs. Colorado led 4-1 and 7-4 before finally coming up short. The Rockies open a 3-game series against the Seattle Mariners (16-24) tonight at 6:40 at Coors Field (TV: Root Sports).
Rockies pitchers walked nine, yet expected to win and almost did. The D-backs walked in two runs, and gave away a run on an error in between -- in the eighth -- and did win, 9-7, to gain a split of a two-game series.
Official: Thursday's Box Score.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy hates the continuing story of walks. The Rockies, who entered Thursday trailing only the Padres and Reds, have walked 143 and have a 5.00 ERA going into a three-game Interleague Play series with the Mariners starting Friday night.
"We can't pitch any worse than that," Tracy said.
On Thursday, Tulowitzki's two-run homer in the first inning -- his fourth of the season but first in 67 at-bats -- was part of a 3-0 lead the Rockies gave starter Juan Nicasio. But partly because being hit on the right hip by a line drive by the game's second batter cost him his push-off ability, Nicasio walked five, threw strikes on just 57 of his 106 pitches, and was gone after 4 2/3 innings.
Rex Brothers (two hits, two walks -- one intentional, and four runs) and Esmil Rogers (RBI singles to two of the three batters he faced) were victims of a four-run eighth that gave the D-backs a 7-4 lead. Brothers and Rogers entered the season expected to fill key roles, but both have been wild and hittable far too often.
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