For the first time in a decade, the Rockies have lost ten games in a row. They have also now tied the franchise record (shared with the 1993 team) for consecutive days without a victory at fourteen.
It's tough to search for silver linings in this massive, dark purple cloud, but I'll try.
Kyle Kendrick had his best start since the season opener, going seven innings and retiring the last six men he faced after giving up a leadoff double in the sixth.
The Rockies actually led for a period of time, after a Troy Tulowitzki sacrifice fly in the third and a Corey Dickerson double in the fourth put them up 2-0.
That's all I got.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Angels got even as they got to Kendrick for the first time, tying the score on a Matt Joyce ground out and a Carlos Perez single. The game would remain tied at two for the next four innings, and for the first time in what seemed like ages the Rockies weren't playing catch-up for most of the game.
It only took a third of an inning for the whole thing to come unraveled. Rafael Betancourt came on to pitch the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Albert Pujols, who proceeded to steal second and score on a Johnny Giavotella single to break the tie. The Angels padded the lead with a two run double courtesy of Matt Joyce which made it 5-2. The lead was almost expanded further when pinch hitter C.J. Cron hit a deep fly ball off new pitcher Ken Roberts that landed in the glove of Charlie Blackmon for the third out of the inning.
Huston Street retired the side in order in the ninth, because this isn't the 2009 NLDS. Yes, I went there. Ten losses in a row will do that to a man.
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