Colorado Rockies Hit New First-Half Low, Fall to San Diego Padres in Snoozefest

By Jim Heath
Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies got exactly what they needed from Jhoulys Chacin Tuesday night vs. the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The problem is, there was absolutely no run support. Chacin worked six innings for the Rockies, giving up only one run on five hits. It was a solid effort; in fact, it was just what the doctor ordered yet in the end, it was for naught. Padres hurler Eric Stults was the Rockies’ kryptonite, making the game about equally exciting as a week-long tax seminar. Yeah, it was that bad.

Is the All-Star break here yet? Last week, it seemed like the Rockies were limping towards the break, but now they are crawling. Of the nine fielders on defense for the Rockies on Tuesday, night three were in the starting lineup for the Colorado on Opening Day.

I have to admit that during the game I was actually doing the math in my head, trying to decide how far back the Rockies would be if they simply folded up their tents on the first half now, giving them extra time to regroup and more importantly heal up.

Of course, who’s to say that they won’t drop the remaining games anyway? On Tuesday night, the Rockies successfully made a ball club that had lost 10 straight look like a division-leading team.

The Rockies-Padres rubber match will see Jorge De La Rosa takes the mound for Colorado. I would say a solid effort is expected for a Rockies victory, but after Tuesday, it’s apparent that even outstanding efforts from the mound aren’t enough to consistently save the drowning Rockies.

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