On a night known for the annual fireworks display following the game at Coors Field, the fireworks on the field before the big show were not exactly what was anticipated.
Of course, for the record, this was not the usual unexpected as this time it worked against the Colorado Rockies. The game featured Tyler Chatwood for the Rockies and Zack Greinke for the Los Angeles Dodgers, which had to be a pitcher’s duel, right? Not this time.
The Rockies jumped out to a four to one lead, which had to be enough for the reliable Chatwood, right? Not this time. The Rockies own version of the “Secretary of Defense” Nolan Arenado fields a ball at third with a runner headed home, which was a guaranteed out at the plate, right? Not this time. A routine fly ball to Corey Dickerson in center field an automatic out, right? Not this time.
Chatwood and Greinke lasted only five innings, giving up a combined 11 runs (six for Chatwood and five for Grienke) and the usually reliable Rockies defense showed moments of vulnerability. It was a classic case of the Rockies beating themselves.
With the loss the Rockies have dropped four of six during the current home stand. The impacts of which obviously won’t be definitive until fall when the NL West division race heats up for keeps. What is definitive is the fact the Rockies had a genuine opportunity to build momentum prior to the break, and they have failed in doing so.
And let’s be honest; even the storylines were in place for the seven home games. They faced the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, NL West division foes. It was the first outing for Drew Pomeranz and the Coors Field debut of Roy Oswalt.
But the story lines fizzled in the end. The traditional explosive offense of the Rockies was quieted for the most part and poor starting pitching essentially doomed an opportunity the Rockies really needed to capitalize on.
In the infamous words of Tony Dungy, “no excuses, no explanations.” The Rockies simply dropped the ball on this home stand. If they plan to remain in contention in an NL West Division that is up for grabs, they need to start capitalizing on opportunities instead of letting them slip away.