Well, the carnage is finally over. The Rockies lost their 243rd Sunday game in their last 245 chances (a better estimate than you would think), falling to the Giants 8-3 to cap off a series in which they were outscored 35-13 by a team that has been near the bottom of the league in offensive production for most of the season.
The loss also represented the end of arguably the Rockies' worst home stand in recent memory. In series losses to the Reds, Cardinals, and Giants, the Rox went a combined 1-8 and allowed 66 runs - including more than seven in all but two of the contests.
Although he only allowed one earned run, Tyler Chatwood exited after 3.1 innings after displaying a typical inability to find the strike zone. Exactly half of his 76 pitches were out of the strike zone, and he tallied four walks compared to just one strikeout as a result. At least some damage was done against three of the four relievers that the Rockies called upon as well, with Matt Reynolds being the only one who got away unscathed. Carlos Torres allowed a run in his 2.2 innings of work, while Matt Belisle imploded for three runs on four hits in the seventh inning. I don't blame him, as it's a pretty significant surprise that his arm is even still attached to his body. Edgmer Escalona was the other reliever who allowed a run, as his massive struggles at the MLB level continue.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum had his own set of troubles with keeping the ball in the strike zone, as he walked five Colorado hitters. However, they were unable to capitalize, getting just five hits off of the scuffling righty. Jonathan Herrera, Jordan Pacheco, and Carlos Gonzalez each had two knocks, while Todd Helton doubled and walked. It wasn't a bad output offensively from Colorado, but they certainly didn't get big hits when they needed them.
38 - 68
As if things couldn't get any worse, the Rockies begin a six-game road trip tomorrow that will take them Dodger Stadium and AT&T Park - two places in which the Rox have almost zero chance of winning. What is now a record that is 30 games under .500 is about to get a lot uglier.
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