At some point, Rockies pitchers will have to progress to the point of being merely "okay" if the team expects to make any sort of noise in the division in 2012. After another big lead evaporated into a 13-9 loss to the Braves, "okay" for the Rockies staff seems a promise even politicians would be wise not to touch in this election year.
Jamie Moyer started well enough, getting through five innings with minimal damage as the Rockies stretched out to an eight to three lead. Back to back home runs given up to Matt Diaz and Jason Heyward to start the inning diminished that "well enough" rating to something sub-par, and then after Moyer was pulled, a disastrous job in relief by Esmil Rogers continued that journey downhill to somewhere beneath NORAD. The Braves wound up pushing five runs across in the sixth, and scored another four in the seventh to once again put the Rockies offense to the test of digging out of an eight to twelve hole they didn't create.
Wilin Rosario responded with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, and other Rockies would get on base, but even the baseball gods seemed to have enough of the farce and sent lightning bolts of displeasure in the eighth to delay the action. When play resumed, the Braves bullpen locked down ---Livan Hernandez inducing potential tying run Todd Helton to an inning ending double play in the eighth--- sending the Rockies to a home series defeat. The salvage game comes tomorrow.
Michael Cuddyer hit a first inning grand slam to give the Rockies a quick four to nothing lead, and Carlos Gonzalez went four for four to continue his impressive hitting streak of late, but it ultimately proved not enough.
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