With a chance to tie the National League Division Series at 1-1, the Colorado Rockies offense once again pulled a disappearing act in Milwaukee.
The Colorado Rockies have been held to just two runs and 10 hits while striking out 22 times in dropping into a 2-0 hole against the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS. That includes Friday’s 4-0 shutout loss where Colorado was limited to just six hits.
Covering for Rox Pile in Milwaukee during the first part of this series, Jake Shapiro unveils his latest Rockie Road podcast where he talks about the offensive struggles. On the podcast, you can hear thoughts from manager Bud Black as well as shortstop Trevor Story and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Additionally, starting pitcher Tyler Anderson gives his thoughts on Game 2. Anderson put together his fourth consecutive strong start, holding the Brewers to just one run on four hits over six innings and struck out five. It was absolutely a strong enough outing to win, but the offense couldn’t come through when needed (again), as the Rockies went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
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Will things get better for the Rockies when the series shifts to Coors Field on Sunday afternoon? It’s likely … but not guaranteed. Colorado certainly ended the season at home with a bang, winning six of seven games against the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals. That included four games where the Rockies scored in double digits, punctuated by a 12-0 win on the final day of the season over Washington. That blowout win ensured the Rockies would finish the 162-game regular season schedule tied for first place in the National League West.
What has happened since then, however, has been frustrating for the Rockies and fans alike. In Game 163 in Los Angeles, Colorado scored two runs. The next night in the Wild Card game in Chicago, Colorado scratched across two runs to win. In the first game of the NLDS? Yep, two runs was the limit.
How can things can get going at the plate? Is Coors the elixir the Rockies need? Check out the latest Rockie Road podcast to hear Shapiro’s thoughts.