Colorado Rockies, Chris Rusin Beat 6-3 By Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday
By Bobby DeMuro
Sep 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies manager W. Weiss (22) oversees treatment due to an injury to third baseman N. Arenado (28) in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates met Tuesday for the second game of their four-game mid-week series at Denver’s Coors Field.
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The Colorado Rockies got another poor start from Chris Rusin, who’s fading quickly as the season ends, and the Pittsburgh Pirates pulled out into a commanding early lead that turned into a clockwork road win, with Pittsburgh taking a 6-3 victory at Coors Field on Tuesday night.
The Rockies were unfortunately never in the game, since Rusin allowed six runs through the first four innings of the game. He was pulled after those four frames, after having given up eight hits and four walks in that period, while striking out just two hitters.
The loss drops Rusin to 5-9 on the year, and raises his ERA to 5.39, both very bad numbers considering how well he had been pitching just a few short weeks ago.
The Rockies got their three runs early, too, scoring in the second and third off Pirates’ starter J.A. Happ. Wilin Rosario hit a solo homer in the second, and the third inning saw Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado each knock RBI singles.
But, considering the Pirates scored in each of the first four innings themselves, the Rockies never got to tying the game or taking a lead, and by the fourth, all the scoring had completely stopped.
To the Rockies’ credit, Gonzalez Germen, Scott Oberg, Boone Logan, Justin Miller and Jairo Diaz combined on five scoreless innings out of the bullpen, but it didn’t matter much, since the Rockies couldn’t score off Happ after the third inning, or the Pirates’ pen after Happ’s departure.
In the ninth inning, the Rockies had a scare when Arenado (pictured above) injured his neck on a diving play at third base. He was removed from the game, as Rockies’ trainers were seen checking his neck and head on the field. We’ll have more information on Arenado as it becomes available.
Michelle Stalnaker will have much more in the way of in-depth observations on this game on Wednesday morning, as she was in attendance at Coors Field on Tuesday night.
The Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates will return to action Wednesday night at 6:40 pm MT.