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Rockies Struggles Continue, Lose to Mariners 10-3

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The month of May continues to be a struggle for the Colorado Rockies (15-24), who have now won only 4 times and lost 13 this month, after falling again to the Seattle Mariners (18-24) 10-3 yesterday in Denver. The final game of the interleague series is this afternoon at 1:10 at Coors Field (TV: Root Sports).

In his first career start at Coors Field, Christian Friedrich yielded eight runs on nine hits, including a homer, and four walks. The Rockies have lost 12 of their last 15 games. For the Rockies to contend, pitchers without significant big-league experience, like Friedrich (1-1), must become stalwarts. But with inevitable days of hard lessons like Saturday, it’s beginning to look like a tall order to expect that maturation in time for the Rockies to push for the postseason.

Official: Saturday’s Box Score.

It’s not only Friedrich, but Juan Nicasio (2-1, 4.37 ERA), whose rookie season last year was shortened by a broken neck, Alex White (0-3, 5.09), who began the year at Triple-A Colorado Springs, and even left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who is at Colorado Springs working on his delivery. This youthful group should include Jhoulys Chacin (0-3, 7.30) in his second full season, but he pitched poorly through right shoulder pain and has landed on the disabled list.

By no means blameless for Saturday was a veteran-laden lineup that made Justin Vargas (5-3) look dominant for seven innings a day after being shut out and held to two hits by former Rockies pitcher Kevin Millwood. Their lack of production during the 1-3 homestand, on the heels of a low-scoring, 2-6 road trip has raised much ire among the faithful. Cheering for Jordan Pacheco’s RBI single was part sarcasm. Wilin Rosario followed that with a two-run shot for his sixth homer of the season.

Tickets are available for this afternoon’s game at Coors Field vs. the Seattle Mariners, and can be purchased by calling (800) 388-ROCK, or click here.

[ColoradoRockies.com]

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