Colorado Rockies Blown Out Once Again By Pittsburgh Pirates


Sep 23, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder G. Polanco (25) and third baseman J. Harrison (5) react back to left fielder S. Marte (not pictured) after both scoring on his double in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates met Wednesday night for the third game of their mid-week series at Coors Field in downtown Denver. 

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The Pittsburgh Pirates started scoring early off Colorado Rockies’ starter Christian Bergman, and the visiting Bucs never let up — all the way to clinching their third consecutive playoff berth — with a 13-7 victory Wednesday night at Coors Field in Denver.

With the win, the Pirates officially clinched a playoff spot.

Bergman was roughed up from the start of the game, and never even made it four full innings. He lasted 3.2 IP, while allowing seven runs on ten hits and a walk, and only striking out one hitter in the process. The Bucs scored two in the first, three in the third, and two more in the fourth off Bergman before Simon Castro relieved him to get out of the fourth.

To their credit, the Rockies would make it a competitive ball game in the middle innings, eventually working back to a one-run affair at 7-6. That included a four-run fifth inning thanks to a solo homer from Corey Dickerson and a three-run shot from Tom Murphy that made it a one-run game off Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton, though as seems to be the case so often for the Rockies… that’s as close as they’d get.

In the game, the Rockies used nine pitchers, though the bullpen (Castro, Christian Friedrich, Justin Miller, Rex Brothers, Boone Logan, and Jairo Diaz) did an admirable job putting up consistent zeros… until the ninth inning.

In the ninth, John Axford came on and promptly loaded the bases, after which he allowed a double to clear them and make the game 10-6. Then, Jason Gurka came on to try to relieve Axford and get out of the inning, and gave up Axford’s inherited runner, as well as two more runs of his own, to leave the game at 13-6 heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Back-to-back doubles from Rafael Ynoa and Dickerson made it 13-7 in the bottom of the ninth, but obviously that was too little, too late.

The Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates finish their four-game series on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field. Then, the Los Angeles Dodgers come to Denver for three straight games over the weekend — the Rockies’ final home series of the season.

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