Well, chalk this one up to "just one of those games." It was probably evident in the first inning, when the Pirates scored a questionable run on a wild pitch.
Jhoulys Chacin lasted just 2.2 innings and despite only allowing one hit, gave up four runs as a result of issuing six free passes in his first career MLB start. That, combined with the Rockies catching some tough breaks offensively and failing to execute defensively (three errors), resulted in a rough loss to the Pirates, who came into this game losers of 8 straight.
Josh Fogg pitched 4.2 innings of pretty effective long relief, as he allowed two runs on six hits (and three more walks) and struck out four. At the very least, he gave the Rockies' offense a chance to get back into it, but they were ultimately unable to do so. At a couple of points the Rox cut four run deficits to three runs, but that's as close as they would get. Fogg allowed a run after the lead was cut to 5-2, then Joe Beimel, who allowed a run on three hits in an inning pitched, allowed a run after the Rockies made it 6-3. For what it's worth, Matt Daley came in and pitched a scoreless ninth, while notching two strikeouts.
Seth Smith, Todd Helton, and Chris Iannetta each had two hits in the ballgame. Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each went yard, but none of it was enough to overcome all of the issues the Rockies had in this one.
62 - 51
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Tomorrow: Kevin Hart (3-1, 2.94) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (9-9, 3.65) - same time, same place. Let's hope the Rockies treat Hart like they treated his former Cubs teammates over the weekend.