Rockies Lose 15th Straight Sunday Game, 8-3 to Padres

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 31: Kyle Blanks #88 of the San Diego Padres beats the throw sliding into third base during the eighth inning of the game as Ty Wigginton #21 of the Colorado Rockies tries to make the tag at Petco Park on July 31, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

Fifteen Sundays, fifteen losses. They've been close, blowouts, pitchers duels, and slugfests...but the end result has been the same -- a loss for the Colorado Rockies. This time it was a bullpen meltdown that spoiled a fine pitching performance by Juan Nicasio.

Nicasio went seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out 10 men, the most any Rockies pitcher has struck out this year. He left with a 3-2 lead, but Rex Brothers and Matt Belisle proceeded to pour gasoline on that lead, light it on fire, and dance on its ashes. Brothers didn't get an out, walking two and giving up a triple to get the loss (1-1), while Belisle gave up another 4 hits. It didn't help that Dexter Fowler dropped a fly ball and Eliezer Alfonso committed a throwing error. All in all, six Padres crossed the plate in the 8th inning.

Offensively, Troy Tulowitzki went 3-4 with a RBI, while Chris Nelson, Dexter Fowler, and Eliezer Alfonso each had two hits on the day. Unfortunately, all 10 of the Rockies hits were singles, so runs were scarce.

Next Sunday, somebody else will be doing the wrap.

Graph:

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via www.fangraphs.com

We Salute: Tulowitzki (.196 WPA), Nicasio (.171)

We Are Disappointed In: Brothers (-.594 WPA), Belisle (-.141)

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