It all started swimmingly for the Rockies, as Colorado scored a run in each of the first three innings of their series opener against the Cubs. Drew Pomeranz was cruising with a no-hitter through 4 innings and it seemed like maybe, just maybe, that the Rockies were going to have a season-long winning streak at six games.
Then the offense went dormant (only 3 hits past the 3rd inning), Pomeranz allowed two solo homers in the 5th, and Matt Belisle/Matt Reynolds imploded with a one run lead in the 8th. Two errors, both in the 8th, certainly didn't help matters, and just like that the Rockies looked more like their pre-August selves on the road.
Even in a loss, there was a lot of encouragement to be taken. Pomeranz was great outside of the homers (those were the only two hits he allowed in 5 innings of work) and Josh Roenicke threw 2 scoreless relief innings, while Chris Nelson (6) and Carlos Gonzalez (21) hit solo homers and DJ LeMahieu continued to be en fuego with a 3 hit day. Heck, Charlie Blackmon even threw a guy out at home.
50 - 74
Yes, it was a loss, but with all the recent winning it doesn't sting so bad.Graph:
We Salute: Roenicke (.191 WPA), Nelson (.105)
We Are Disappointed In: Belisle (-.621)
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