Well, everyone, it happened again.
The Colorado Rockies got another instance of good enough starting pitching combined with timely hitting before being let down by a poor performance from the bullpen. This time, Boone Logan and Adam Ottavino were the culprits in a 5-4 loss to the Texas Rangers, who have come from behind in their final at-bat to beat the Rockies in three straight games.
Colorado took an early 1-0 lead on a first-inning base hit from DJ LeMahieu, but Jorge De La Rosa was unable to hold the slim lead. The staff veteran gave up runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings before departing with a 3-1 deficit after five mediocre frames.
That said, De La Rosa allowing only three runs should have sufficed. That's because in the top of the eighth, the Rockies -- led by David Dahl's game-tying, two-run triple to raise his career-starting hitting streak to 16 consecutive contests -- strung together three baserunners that led to three runs, the last of which crossed the plate on Ryan Raburn's deep sacrifice fly.
Unfortunately, the 4-3 lead was brief. Logan -- hurt by a fielding error by Mark Reynolds with one out in the bottom half of the frame -- put two runners on and both eventually scored on a two-run single off the bat of Adrian Beltre, who ripped a hanging slider from Ottavino past a diving Cristhian Adames.
The Rockies went quietly into the night in the top of the ninth, and the team has now lost six of its last seven games, falling to 55-59 overall. The recent stretch of games should harken one back to when Colorado went 1-9 on a 2007 road trip that saw opponents win on a walk-off four times against closer Brian Fuentes. The difference this time is, no matter who manager Walt Weiss decides to bring in from the bullpen, bad things are happening.
The Rox need a change of fortune. But they might consider, in the bullpen at least, a change in personnel before their Wild Card hopes completely dissipate -- if they haven't already.