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Jeff Hoffman and the bullpen struggle in Rockies 13-5 loss to Pirates

Nothing went right for the Rockies in Friday night’s loss

The Colorado Rockies lost 13-5 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, ending the team’s four-game winning streak. Jeff Hoffman struggled through three innings. And while the Rockies scored five runs off of rookie starter Trevor Williams, by the time they scored their fifth run the Pirates had already posted 12. That’s because the bullpen struggled mightily as well. Jordan Lyles and Scott Oberg combined to allow five runs in four innings pitched. It was one of those nights.

Not only was Hoffman’s outing rough in the hits and runs department, but he also walked four and hit a batter in his three innings. Even if some of the hits he gave up were BABIP products, a night like Friday’s is rarely going to lead to success.

The Rockies did have one big highlight. Nolan Arenado blasted his 22nd home run of the season in the sixth inning. It sent Twitter into “Arenado for MVP” mode that was roughly 100 percent more serious than the “MVParra” and “MarkVP” tweets we’ve seen.

The Rockies and Pirates will play the second of their three game set tonight at 6:10 MT. Chad Kuhl will start for the Pirates and Germán Márquez for the Rockies.