Colorado Rockies News: CarGo’s Ankle and Bullpen Changes
By Kevin Henry
With a 7-5 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday afternoon at sun-drenched Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies finished an important eight-game homestand against the Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Miami Marlins with a 3-5 mark.
For a team chasing the Wild Card, the homestand was anything but what Rockies fans had hoped to see. Three late leads lost (one to Miami and two on consecutive days to Texas) could come back to haunt Colorado as the season winds down.
Colorado’s late implosions were particularly painful over the last couple of days, with the Rockies having every chance to sweep a pair of games from the Rangers, the leaders of the American League West. However, Tuesday felt like deja vu all over again for Colorado.
Leading 5-2 heading into the top of the eighth inning, Texas once again roared back to life against Colorado’s bullpen, tagging Scott Oberg for four runs in just two-thirds of an inning to take a 6-5 lead and bring a huge Rangers contingent to its feet at Coors Field.
It was another loss by the bullpen and ruined another good outing from a Colorado starter. Tyler Chatwood left Tuesday’s game after throwing 108 pitches and allowing just five hits over 6.2 innings while striking out a career-high eight batters.
Much like Tyler Anderson on Monday night, however, a great start would reap no benefits for the Rockies.
It was a disappointing homestand to be sure, but it was also very eventful. Ichiro Suzuki joined Major League Baseball’s 3,000-hit club with a Sunday afternoon triple. David Dahl kept his hitting streak going at 15 games, the second-longest hitting streak by a Colorado rookie starting his career. Nolan Arenado registered his 100th career homer and Charlie Blackmon continued to crush the ball from the leadoff spot.
Absolutely, all of those things played pivotal roles in Colorado’s wins and losses during this homestand. However, there are two big stories to come out of this week-plus of action at Coors Field. Here they are…
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