The Colorado Rockies’ hopes of climbing back into contention through a soft nine-game stretch to start the second half of the season took another hit as they failed to score against Blake Snell and fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 10-1.
Snell was impressive in shutting down the Colorado Rockies for six innings. He struck out a career-high nine batters while allowing only one hit and three walks. Snell’s own inefficiency was his only kryptonite; his high pitch count was the lone reason he didn’t continue his dominance of the Rockies.
While the Rockies were a bit more successful in getting hits against Andriese, and eventually scored on Trevor Story’s solo home run in the ninth inning, it was too little too late. By pitching the final three innings of the game Andriese recorded the save despite the lopsided score.
After a two-hour rain delay that had many doubting whether the game would be played, the Rays got off to a quick start with a lead-off double by Logan Forsyth and an RBI single by Evan Longoria to take a 1-0 lead.
Tyler Chatwood appeared to have settle down and found his groove in the second inning with a quick 1-2-3 inning. However, that success was short lived.
In the third inning, things quickly fell apart. After Chatwood surrendered a lead-off walk on four pitches, the Rays scored five runs runs with five hits including three doubles and a massive 462-foot home run by Evan Longoria.
Chatwood was chased in the fourth after a lead-off single and walking the pitcher and one of those runners would eventually score after Jordan Lyles relieved Chatwood to increase the Rays lead to 7-0.
Blake Snell showed why he’s one of the top pitching prospect in the game, holding the Rockies hitless for the first three innings and striking out six of the first 12 hitters he faced. Snell finally allowed his first and only hit to Charlie Blackmon leading off the fourth inning which extended Blackmon’s hitting streak to 11 games.
Lyles saved the Rockies bullpen after Chatwood’s abbreviated outing by pitching four innings in relief without allowing the Rays to score again after the fourth inning. Jake McGee continued the strong bullpen work pitching a scoreless eighth inning against his former team.
Gonzalez Germen continued to struggle allowing the Rays to score three runs in the ninth inning on a Corey Dickerson RBI double and Steve Pearce two-run homer.
The Rockies will look to rebound tomorrow afternoon and win the series as Jorge De La Rosa faces off against Chris Archer. First pitch is scheduled 1:10 p.m. at Coors Field.