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Sunday afternoon saw the Colorado Rockies drop the rubber match of a three game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Jhoulys Chacin (11-7) took the ball for Colorado and he performed like a typical Rockies pitcher: 20 pitch innings and a WHIP over two that would lead to an early exit and hang the bullpen out to dry. Chacin was credited with the loss after just 5.1 innings in which he gave up three runs and scattered nine hits. The bullpen did what they do best, gave up four runs in its 2.2 innings of work.
Opposite Chacin was former Cub Scott Feldman (10-9). Feldman gave the O’s 6.2 innings in which he gave up two runs on RBIs by Charlie Blackmon and Yorvit Torrealba. Those two runs would be the only ones scored by the Rockies Sunday. That would be the difference between Baltimore and Colorado and where they are in the standings. Baltimore, 2.5 games out of the wildcard, had their bullpen show up and keep the Rockies off the board for 2.1 innings of relief.
The Rockies have lost yet another series after perhaps showing life in the previous two series (in which they only lost one out of six games). It was clear that the Rockies only went to Baltimore for the world-famous crab cakes. It gets into a really complex mathematical equation that compares good stadium food to team loss totals. Sushi in Seattle, Crab Cakes in Baltimore, and of course Micro-Brews in Denver. The thing is, Baltimore has gotten better and if they come through and make the playoffs they will serve nothing but stale peanuts and the hot dogs that only cost a nickel to make (you know what I mean because your stomach just turned).
Colorado’s next nine games are all against losing teams and sooner or later the run is going to come. The Rockies have all the pieces on paper, but on the field most of those pieces are underperforming. This week should be something to keep Rockies fans interested during preseason football.