Colorado Rockies Give Up Countless Second-Chance Opportunities In Loss

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It was a good news, bad news night for the Colorado Rockies, who began a four-game set with NL West rivals Los Angeles Dodgers in the last series before the All-Star break – thank goodness.

The good news for Colorado were the returns of Dexter Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki to the lineup card. The bad news? It didn’t help, as the offense was still nonexistent.

It is the tale of two MLB clubs if there ever was one: one that cannot get to the break fast enough and the other wishing against the break because of their current level of play. That was how the game played out. The Dodgers looked sharp while the Rockies struggled in all phases.

This was never more apparent than in the bottom of the eighth inning, when the Rockies handed the Dodgers opportunity after opportunity, with Los Angeles gladly obliging, scoring three runs on the second chances offered up by the Rockies’ defense. The three runs was the proverbial straw that snapped the camel’s back as the Rockies couldn’t kick-start their offense if they had a defibrillator.

With the loss, Rockies have won just three games in the month of July.

One gets the sense the club has lost the fire and fight that made them so tough earlier in the season. The on-field blunders were painful to endure, and this is just not the same club right now.

The biggest storylines for the Rockies took place prior to game time on Thursday. With the activation of Tulo and Dex from the DL, the Rockies had to option Corey Dickerson and Tyler Colvin to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Rockies fans also found out that Carlos Gonzalez will forego the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break in an effort to allow his injured hand the opportunity to heal. CarGo may be a “no go” for the derby, but he extended his NL-leading long ball total to 25 on Thursday night.

On Friday the Rockies will welcome Juan Nicasio back to the mound in game two of the Dodgers series.

After tonight’s effort however, the glass isn’t just currently half empty — it’s bone dry.

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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