The symbolism of the Rockies’ 13-5 loss to the Marlins


There are many different threads to the story of any given baseball game. When it comes to the Colorado Rockies and their 13-5 loss to the Miami Marlins, the narrative of this game can be found in the box score.

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Consider the following points, specifically when it comes to the performances of their pitchers.

  • As a pitching staff, the Rockies issued nine walks
  • The bullpen surrendered seven earned runs
  • Boone Logan and his $4.75 million cap hit this year gave up four of those earned runs
  • Matt Belisle, once the steadiest presence in that Colorado bullpen, issued three walks

The Rockies have found any number of ways to lose baseball games this season. They have lost to good teams and bad teams. They have lost games at home and even more of them on the road. But of all of those losses, this one stands as a game that sums up this season.

This was a game that contained occasional moments of brilliance from the bright spots on the roster. Nolan Arenado stayed hot at the plate and delivered a sick play on defense. Corey Dickerson continued to mash by hitting a home run. Justin Morneau continued to tack onto his resurgent season with a home run of his own. Yet even with those moments, the Rockies never had a chance.

The Rockies never had a chance because their bullpen is awful.

So it was that an otherwise mundane loss on a Friday night at beautiful Coors Field came to symbolize a lost 2014 season.