Colorado Rockies: Three Things to Know about Friday’s Loss
The Colorado Rockies dropped a heartbreaker to the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-9 on Friday night. In a back-and-forth, seesaw affair, the Rockies were once again tripped up by the visitors from the desert.
Here are three things you should know about the game…
Tyler Anderson continues to compete at a high level
For the third consecutive start, the Colorado Rockies rookie was very competitive, but his first Major League win has still eluded him. Despite injuries delaying his development and debut, Anderson has, thus far, yet to disappoint.
On Friday night, Anderson threw 5.2 innings of two run baseball while striking out a career-high eight batters.
The most impressive thing about Anderson’s outings so far is his ability to anticipate what hitters are trying to do. For example, Anderson gave up two singles and a walk to lead off the game. Facing a bases-loaded situation with no outs to lead off the game would intimidate most rookies and veterans alike but Anderson went on to strike out two and surrender a sacrifice fly. It’s clear that Anderson knows how to pitch beyond what his age might indicate.
Now through three starts, Anderson owns a sparkling 2.55 ERA.
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Colorado’s bullpen is in a funk
At the time of Anderson’s departure, the Rockies and Diamondbacks where locked into a tight 2-1 game … and then the wheels came off for both clubs.
Miguel Castro, Boone Logan, Jason Motte, and Carlos Estevez all combined to surrender eight earned runs, none bigger than the two Estevez gave up in the ninth. Estevez has now blown three saves, and his second in as many attempts. As for the other six runs, they were all collected by Arizona in the seventh.
The Rockies are in the middle of a three-game losing streak and have lost by one run in each of those losses. They’re now 5-11 in one-run games, the worst record in one-run games in MLB.
Also in those three games, the Rockies have surrendered leads in each, and leads of three or more runs in two of those games.
The offense didn’t give up
Although they took another loss, the Rockies are firing on all cylinders offensively and developing a knack for coming from behind and giving themselves a chance.
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DJ LeMahieu, Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds, and Cristhian Adames all collected multiple hits on the night. Adames’ two RBIs on the night led the squad. Carlos Gonzalez hit a double to score Adames in the bottom of the eighth to put the Rockies back in front for what appeared to be for good before Estevez surrendered two in the top half of the ninth.