That one’s going to leave a mark. The Colorado Rockies had the Philadelphia Phillies right where they wanted them tonight, but let them off the hook by blowing a five-run lead in Colorado. That’s a bitter pill to swallow on many levels.
Juan Nicasio took the mound for the Rockies and once again dominated for five innings of baseball. He even had relevance from the plate, hitting a shot up the middle with bases juiced and scoring two Rockies. Then came the recent traditional sixth-inning , with Nicasio surrendering five runs.
The thing is, everyone wants to like Nicasio. How couldn’t you like the guy, knowing his story and the courage it took for him to return to a MLB mound? But the bottom line is, baseball is a business and right now, business isn’t good past the fifth inning for the starter.
Meanwhile, Roy Oswalt once again had a solid effort pitching for Double-A Tulsa, throwing 102 pitches in 8.1 innings of work, striking out seven and allowing no runs. Right now, Oswalt has a 2.16 ERA. His numbers are speaking volumes, and the Rockies are going to have to take note soon.
Patience in Nicasio is obviously not paying off, and it’s time for a change.
There were bright spots for the Rockies on Friday night. Despite the absence of Dexter Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki, the Colorado offense had a productive night. Josh Rutledge, called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs, had an immediate impact by launching a two-run blast in the fourth inning.
Game two of the Rockies Phillies series Saturday will be the return of Tyler Chatwood, who missed one start because of triceps soreness. Getting him back is a tremendous boost for the Rockies, and they can certainly use a boost.
The Rockies, who have dropped three consecutive games and endured significant injuries (not to mention a multitude of roster changes), know there are rougher waters ahead. But they are resilient, and as they have demonstrated throughout the season, you get a fight from this club when their backs are against the wall.
Plus the Rockies are still well within striking distance despite their recent streak of bad luck. And bad luck can’t last forever, right?