June 10, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzlaez hits a home run during the second inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
It was the second straight game that Rockies pitchers allowed double digits in runs, in a series where they allowed 28 total runs in three games. Despite hitting two more homers (both actually coming with runners on base), the Rockies' offense couldn't keep up with that of the Angels.
Christian Friedrich allowed a season-high nine runs (eight earned) in four innings. Friedrich allowed three walks, which is high for him, and struck out five. He was really hurt by the home run ball, particularly by Mark Trumbo, who hit two three-run bombs. Torii Hunter also homered off of Friedrich, his third of the series. In all, the Angels racked up ten hits against the rookie pitcher. The Rockies' bullpen was pretty good, going five innings and allowing just a run on five hits. Rex Brothers was particularly impressive, striking out two in a perfect inning of work.
Carlos Gonzalez homered again for the Rockies, this one a two-run shot with two outs in the second inning. It followed a three-run shot off the bat of Tyler Colvin, also with two outs. Other than that five run outburst with their backs against the wall in the second inning (which included four hits and a walk to the pitcher Friedrich), the Rox weren't able to do a whole lot against Angels starter Ervin Santana, who lasted into the six inning, allowing seven runs on nine hits in all.
Heading into the ninth inning, the Rockies trailed by three and had the task of facing Scott Downs, who hadn't allowed a run all season until Colvin led off with a double, and Marco Scutaro singled him in. In the next at-bat, CarGo hit a line drive that was caught by Downs, who dropped the ball on the transfer while trying to throw to first to double-up Scutaro (which likely wouldn't have happened). However, homeplate umpire Greg Gibson ruled that Downs dropped the ball, allowing the Angels to pick up the double play (as Gonzalez rightfully thought the ball was caught), rendering Michael Cuddyer's single in the following at-bat useless and effectively ending the Rockies' ninth-inning rally.
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