Jorge De La Rosa Throws a Gem but Colorado Rockies Fall in Pitcher’s Duel

Jorge De La Rosa

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It was a good news, bad news night for the Colorado Rockies on many levels.

The good news is that the Rockies played well enough to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Arizona Diamondbacks lost to the Miami Marlins — meaning a Rockies victory would have put them in first place in the NL West.

The bad news? Simply playing good enough to win doesn’t get the job done in MLB and Colorado will have to wait another night to make a move in their division.

After the team’s recent offensive outbursts, the Rockies slowed down on Monday, settling into a pitcher’s duel in the first of three interleague games with the Blue Jays. Jorge De La Rosa took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and gave up just one hit in seven innings of work, but had to leave the game in Matt Belisle’s care knotted at zero.

Belisle surrendered two runs for the third time in his last four appearances, handing the Blue Jays their sixth consecutive victory. This has to be concerning for the Rockies as the reliable bullpen earlier in the season is starting to show signs of the wear and tear brought forth by injuries and shortened outing by starters.

That said, it’s simply more adversity in a long line of hard knocks the Blake Street gang has had to deal with this season. Just when you think they have been through the gauntlet of the toughest tests, another comes their way.

The Rockies now stare down a grueling 10-day three-city road trip minus their closer Rafael Betancourt and arguably their best defensive and offensive weapon, Troy Tulowitzki.

A mere half game back of the Diamondbacks in the NL West, one can’t help but wonder if the Rockies secretly welcome their current circumstances. In a season where the unexpected should be expected, the Rockies struggle in games they should walk through but step up when the circumstances seem impossible.

Without question this looks like turbulent waters for the Rockies. Based on how they have responded to adversity thus far in 2013 – I like these odds.

Jim Heath is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jim_heath, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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