1. Bard continues to struggle
Bard’s recent struggles remains a mystery. After converting his six save opportunities for Colorado a year ago and his first two chances this season, the right-hander suffered his first blown save as a Rockie in the first game of a home doubleheader April 17 by allowing two final-inning runs in a loss to the Mets.
His second blown save of the season came Tuesday night when he allowed the game-tying ninth-inning homer in San Francisco. Ironically, Bard actually ended up being the game’s winning pitcher by virtue of Colorado’s three-run 10th inning.
Then, on Sunday in Arizona, Bard was touched for four runs on four hits and a walk in just 0.1 inning. He has now been scored on in five of his last six outings and has a season earned run average of 9.00.
2. Two starting pitchers on the shelf
With right-hander Antonio Senzatela being placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday due to a right groin strain, Colorado now has two members of the starting rotation out of action.
Senzatela joins left-hander Kyle Freeland on the injured list. Freeland has yet to see any regular-season action this season after suffering a left shoulder injury in spring training.
3. Not taking advantage of offensive opportunities
While the Rockies ended their seven-game road swing with back-to-back games of double-digit hits, the team won only one of those two contests.
In Sunday’s loss, despite 12 hits, Colorado managed just four runs with all four tallies coming with two out.
The Rox stranded 14 runners on base and was a meager 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
Following the road trip, Colorado now prepares to open a three-game home series Monday against San Francisco.
German Marquez (1-2) is slated to take the mound for the Rox. First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. (Mountain time).