In what has been a month of gut-wrenching losses, the Colorado Rockies got sucker punched in late innings again on Wednesday night.
Colorado closer Greg Holland gave up a three-run home run to Eric Hosmer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals grabbed a 6-4 win over the Rockies. It continued a downward trend for Holland, who entered Wednesday night with a 1-3 mark and 12.79 ERA in August. After going 33-for-34 in save situations heading into the month, Holland is just 2-for-5 this month. He has also surrendered three home runs this month compared to just two in the four months leading up to August.
In his past six appearances, Holland has posted a 21.60 in his past six appearances. His overall ERA has spiked from 1.56 to 3.77 during that time.
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Also, in those six appearances, Holland has pitched five innings, allowing 12 runs, 10 hits and 6 walks while striking out just four batters. Opponents are hitting .400 against him during that time.
The Rockies have now lost four in a row and have slipped to just 10 games over .500 at 68-58. Since June 20 when Colorado was a National League-best 47-26, the Rockies have gone 21-32.
So that is the bad news if you are a Colorado fan. The good news? The Milwaukee Brewers dropped a 4-2 decision at San Francisco to remain three games behind the Rockies for the final Wild Card spot. St. Louis, however, beat San Diego 6-2 at Busch Stadium to pull within four games of the Rockies for the second Wild Card spot.
Arizona also lost to the New York Mets, keeping the Diamondbacks just a half-game ahead of the Rockies in the quest to host the Wild Card game.
However, Colorado’s offense still isn’t hitting on all cylinders. As this tweet points out, Colorado has scored more than four runs in just two of their past 15 games, including Wednesday night’s loss.
Colorado will try to salvage one game in the series against the Royals in a Thursday matinee before heading to Atlanta for a three-game series versus the Braves.