The Colorado Rockies Showing Life Against Keuchel Is A Silver Lining


Jun 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder R. Ynoa (43) smiles from the dugout after scoring a run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies lost 6-3 on Monday night in Houston, but putting three runs across on Astros’ starter Dallas Keuchel is cause for feeling (kinda) good. 

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A bit of a minor point in this post after the Colorado Rockies lost 6-3 against the Houston Astros on Monday night, but I think it’s worth noting, because it will matter in the long run regarding what kind of a club the Rox are.

Dallas Keuchel was throwing a perfect game entering the sixth inning Monday night, and over his final 1.2 innings pitched, the Rockies eked out four hits and two walks — and most importantly, three runs — to run Keuchel before the end of the seventh.

Sure, the Colorado Rockies still lost. Three runs they got weren’t enough to overcome the four Chad Bettis gave up in the first inning, or the six the Rockies allowed overall. But after retiring 15 straight to start the game, Keuchel was in the zone, and the Rockies waited him out in the sixth to make things kind of interesting for a little while, showing fire where they otherwise could’ve mailed it in early.

Rafael Ynoa started the sixth inning with a walk, followed by a single by Nick Hundley, and in two batters, the perfect game and no-hitter both evaporated. History be damned, Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado followed up with RBI singles to make it 5-2, and a Hundley double in the seventh made it 5-3 before Keuchel was removed.

I know, four hits and two walks over Keuchel’s 6.2 innings is nothing impressive and more often than not, scoring just three runs isn’t going to win the Rockies too many games behind their current pitching staff.

But considering the Rockies’ terrible weekend in Miami, where they scored six runs in 36 innings, getting to Keuchel is something. And considering Keuchel’s candidacy as one of the best pitchers in baseball, the Rockies’ rally is a little more noteworthy, still.

Nevertheless, a loss is a loss, and three runs didn’t get it done for the Colorado Rockies. But there are the occasional nuggets of good news to take away from a bad road trip, and yesterday’s kind-of-rally against Keuchel is one thing to feel good about in a week of otherwise bad baseball.

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