The uneasiness that some of you may be feeling right now about the 2012 Rockies, that the team we have to look forward to in the coming season might have been epitomized in tonight's 7-1 loss to the Houston Astros might not be too far off. Then again, those of you that are claiming that it's just one game and not at all a representative sample of what may or may not come have a point, too.
The problem with a team that has as wide a range of possible outcomes as the 2012 Rockies have is that it could take a while to know for sure where this particular road of a season is leading to. Tonight, as the defense failed and Jamie Moyer's pitching let the longball take the Rockies out of the game early, we got to see the uglier side of the possible destinations, one where veterans such as Moyer and the error-prone Marco Scutaro just don't seem to have their big league talent anymore, and the Rockies get outmatched by even poor MLB teams.
Moyer allowed two homers, and four runs, in five innings of work. Scutaro had a pair of errors that contributed to those four runs. With a relatively short outing and no lead to preserve, Tyler Chatwood came in for long relief duty and surrendered two more runs and the Rockies found themselves in a 6-0 hole before the bats finally came alive against Houston's bullpen. It was fortunate timing that the Rockies got even that, as Colorado was held to three hits and zero runs by Astros starter Lucas Harrell. A little further into the season when arms are stretched out, and Harrell probably would have been left in. Michael Cuddyer homered off of Brandon Lyon in the eighth inning, and then the Rockies got two more runs in the ninth thanks to an RBI triple and subsequent score by Troy Tulowitzki. Cuddyer finished with two hits, both for extra bases, as the Rockies' biggest offseason acquisition is looking decent so far.
Meanwhile, in the continuing saga at the pit of wonders, an eighth inning throwing error by third baseman Chris Nelson contributed to the Astros last run off Josh Roenicke. Nelson also struck out twice and went zero for three at the plate.
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