For the Colorado Rockies, the offense dried up in the desert.
The road woes for the Colorado Rockies returned in a big way against the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend.
In dropping two of three games to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, the Colorado Rockies scored in just two of the 27 innings during the weekend set. The offensive sputter dropped the Rockies to 16-12 on the season with a three-game series in San Francisco against the Giants beginning on Monday.
One of those innings where the Rockies scored in Arizona came in the very first frame of the series, with C.J. Cron logging an RBI double to give Colorado a quick 1-0 lead. The other scoring outburst by the Rockies during the entire series came in the ninth inning of Saturday night’s contest as Colorado erased a 1-0 deficit with four runs, giving the Rockies a 4-1 victory.
In that Saturday night outburst, Colorado had five hits in the ninth inning to grab the win. The Rockies would tally just 15 hits in the other 26 frames against Arizona pitching, leaving Phoenix with a .200 batting average in the three games.
The road issues continued in Arizona after a dreadful four-game sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies in Colorado’s last road outing. Over Colorado’s last seven road games, the Rockies are 1-6 and are averaging two runs per contest.
Among those who struggled in Arizona was outfielder Sam Hilliard, who went 0-for-7 in the series. It’s part of a 1-for-21 slump that Hilliard has endured over his past seven games.
Colorado will hope to find its offensive rhythm in San Francisco, but it won’t be easy. San Francisco is expected to start Carlos Rodón on Monday night, who has a 1.55 ERA and has struck out 41 batters in 29.0 innings while allowing just 14 hits so far this season, helping him to a 0.828 WHIP.
Additionally, Colorado was just 2-8 last season at Oracle Park, averaging 2.4 runs per game and being shut out three times while scoring one run on one other occasion.