Colorado Rockies Game Notes: Dbacks Doubleheader, Game 2


Game two of the doubleheader between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks was, um, sparsely attended. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

After an embarrassment in game one this afternoon, the Colorado Rockies made their way out onto the field again for game two of the doubleheader with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Game notes here.

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Drew Creasman at Purple Row pretty much sums it all up for the Colorado Rockies after game on of their afternoon – what can go wrong, will, and what can be messed up, will be magnified. That’s so Rockies.

Now, let’s look back at game two with starter Jordan Lyles trying to snap the Rockies’ six-game losing streak, and well, it didn’t work out despite a pretty solid (and deep) start from Lyles. The bats never showed:

Hell, nobody showed up for this game. No, really, look at this:

  • During the Rockies’ six-game losing streak entering play in the second game Wednesday, they had been outscored 60-24.
  • Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run off Lyles in the fourth inning. After a day where he’d struck out in five of seven plate appearances, he was due to get something. Nevertheless, by allowing it with nobody on, Lyles minimized damage and kept the game well within control.
  • That home run did give Goldschmidt 22 straight games against the Rockies where he’s reached base. I’d say he’s a Rockies killer, but he kills almost everyone like that.
  • Lyles would’ve gotten out of a jam in the fifth giving up no runs, except for a hard-hit double by David Peralta that Charlie Blackmon couldn’t come up with in right field. It was a tough play, but there’s little doubt Carlos Gonzalez likely would’ve caught that ball and ended the inning maintaining the 1-1 tie.
  • Lyles ended up tossing seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and one (intentional) walk. He struck out six Dbacks hitters. Show me a starter who can allow four runs in seven innings every night at Coors Field, and I’ll show you a Rockies team that wins 50+ games at home. Lyles did his job and deserved a better fate than he was given Wednesday night.
  • After losing both ends of the doubleheader, the Rockies have now lost seven straight games, and 13 of their last 17 contests. They are 11-15, and in sole position of last place in the National League West.

Well, that’s that.

The Rockies have Thursday off before facing the Los Angeles Dodgers all weekend amid questionable weather that may see more postponements from rain.