Colorado Rockies: A pair of positives in Wednesday’s two losses


Let’s be honest, right now it’s easy to pick out plenty of negatives when it comes to the Colorado Rockies and their recent play. In their last 19 games, the Rockies are 3-16 and have been outscored 147-75.

Two of those 16 defeats came on Wednesday as the Colorado Rockies offense struggled once again in 3-2 and 2-0 losses at the hands of the Washington Nationals. Those losses follow an 11-1 rout in Washington on Tuesday night, meaning the Rockies have scored three runs in three games while in the nation’s capital.

There was one bright spot for the Colorado offense on Wednesday afternoon and that came in the form of recent acquisition Yonder Alonso. Getting his first start for the Rockies at first base, Alonso went 2-for-3 in the opening game, logging a pair of doubles and scoring both of Colorado’s runs. Ryan McMahon drove Alonso in on both occasions, giving him 45 RBI on the season.

By the way, Alonso now has three doubles and a walk in his first six plate appearances with Colorado.

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While Colorado’s offense was once again virtually nonexistent, the Rockies got solid performances from starters Jon Gray and Kyle Freeland. The duo combined to allow one earned run over 10 innings … and who knows what might have been if Gray hadn’t been forced to leave his start early after getting struck in the right calf by a line drive.

In the nightcap, Freeland had his best outing since his return to the Colorado rotation on July 13. Scattering four hits over six innings of work and allowing just one unearned run, Freeland not only showed promise on the mound but also displayed plenty of emotion after his start was over. He was ejected by home plate umpire Jon Libka for arguing balls and strikes.

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The ejection was not consequential to any outcome of the game, but Freeland admitted he was trying to inject some emotion into the Rockies. That’s a very good thing because the Rockies desperately need something to stir them from their collective slumber.