I've written ad nauseam in the past about how hard it is to watch the Colorado Rockies play games against teams such as the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies -- clubs that have absolutely owned the Rockies until this season.
Games against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field can, and should, be included in that category. Except, the Rockies haven't figured out how to reverse the trend there, unlike in games against the Phillies and Giants.
Colorado fell to 44 games under .500 all-time in Phoenix with an 11-1 thumping at the hands of the D-Backs on Saturday. Carlos Gonzalez hit his 24th homer of the year and finished 4-for-4 at the plate, but that was about all that went Colorado's way. Not much went the way of the Rockies on Friday either, so expectations are not high heading into the series finale on Sunday.
The Rockies have been outscored 16-1 in the series, but didn't really see a truly awful pitching performance until tonight, when Drew Pomeranz, Manny Corpas and Wilton Lopez each turned in a horrific effort.
Pomeranz continued to show why the Rockies were so hesitant about bringing him up, even when he was thoroughly dominating Triple-A hitters earlier in the season. Pomeranz failed to go five innings for the second straight start and allowed five runs on five hits and five walks. His ERA is a putrid 9.72. Corpas followed Pomeranz and surrendered three runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Lopez was worse, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk in his lone inning of work. I've defended Lopez for not being nearly as bad as people on this site and elsewhere make him out to be, but I'm running out of excuses for the club's prized offseason acquisition.
On the other side, Wade Miley allowed just one run in eight innings of work. He hasn't been very good this season, nor have Martin Prado and Miguel Montero. Naturally, all three found a way to severely hurt the Rockies on Saturday.
Roy Oswalt will be on the hill on Sunday as the Rockies try to avoid the sweep against D-Backs ace Patrick Corbin.
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