One night removed from a Jeff Francis shellacking by Blue Jays bombers, Wednesday night’s story line read – same story, different night. The Rockies again found themselves in a hole after starter Juan Nicasio gave up three runs in the first inning. Nicasio only lasted five innings, giving up four to the Blue Jays.
The series sweep was two-fold. The Rockies threw two pitchers that have had their share of significant struggles of late, and the Blue Jays are one of the hottest ball clubs in the AL, winning their eighth consecutive game on Wednesday night.
When the series started, the Rockies were in second place in the NL West, a mere half game back of the Arizona Diamondbacks. When Michael Cuddyer grounded out in the top of the ninth ending the game and series, the Rockies found themselves in third place 2.5 back of Arizona.
If you’re looking for a glass-half-full synopsis of the series, here are a few positive to take from the Rockies’ road trip to Canada:
— The last time the Blue Jays swept the Rockies in Toronto was 2007. For anyone unfamiliar with the significance of 2007 in Rockies’ history — Colorado faced the Boston Red Sox in the World Series that year.
— Carlos Gonzalez’s bat has shown no signs of slowing down, going yard for his NL-leading 21st home run in the series’ final game.
— Cuddyer’s hit streak stayed alive through the series and now stands at 17.
The Rockies travel to Nationals Park in D.C. next to face the Washington Nationals. The first game is potentially big one as Roy Oswalt takes the mound on his proverbial white horse to save the Rockies’ starting rotation. That, of course, is the hopes of the Rockies’ following who will be holding their collective breaths hoping for the best.
Oswalt failing is not an option – the Rockies need his gun.