Colorado Rockies Lose 7-1, Hale Allows Three Home Runs To Oakland
Jun 19, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher D. Hale (61) leans on the dugout fence in the ninth inning against against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field. The Brewers defeated the Rockies 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies traveled across the bay to Oakland on Monday night, to start a three game interleague series with the Athletics.
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Kendall Graveman was dominant while David Hale allowed five runs on three homers over seven innings, and the Colorado Rockies only scored once, dropping a 7-1 decision to the Oakland Athletics in game one of the three-game interleague series Monday night in Oakland.
The Rockies were out of it almost before it began; Hale allowed two two-run home runs in the first inning in spacious O.Co Coliseum — to Josh Reddick and Ike Davis — and just as the Rockies got out of the gate in the game, they were losing 4-0.
To Hale’s credit, he settled down quite a bit and only allowed another run — on a solo home run — to Billy Butler in the fourth inning.
Other than that, though, Hale gave the Rockies length in his start. He ended up throwing seven innings and allowing the five runs on nine hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.
He gave way to Christian Friedrich in the eighth inning, who allowed two runs after Butler doubled home a run, and Brett Lawrie tripled home Butler to give the A’s seven runs on the day.
The Rockies’ lone run came in the eighth inning, when Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run to right-center field — his tenth of the season.
Unfortunately, though, the Rockies never seriously threatened against Graveman and the A’s, only getting two runners besides Blackmon to second base on the evening. Graveman allowed five hits and three walks in seven shutout innings, and the Rockies were a measly 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position on Monday night.
With the loss, the Rockies have now dropped three games in a row. They will play the A’s again Tuesday night in Oakland, before finishing up the series with a Wednesday day game, followed by a trip to Phoenix for a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.