The Rockies were holding their own against the Giants, with a three-run lead into the fifth inning. Anderson gave up a couple more runs, but then Nolan Arenado knocked a run in himself, tying it up at 5-5. Trevor Story and Arenado each had three hits, and rookie Noel Cuevas impressed us and showed that he deserved his major league spot. However, the bullpen couldn’t close. Bryan Shaw gave up a two-run triple, and Jake McGee allowed two home runs. Yes, the pitching was a problem, but the offense also was unable to capitalize on some loaded bases situations. The Rockies were not terrible in Sunday’s game, but neither the pitching nor the offense was able to give enough to get the win.
With a Diamondback’s loss Sunday afternoon, the Rockies could the the lead in the NL West with a win against the Padres. The Rockies got off to an early lead, 4-1 after three innings. Mid-game, though, things fell apart. The Rockies actually had some good offense going on, but with four runs in the seventh inning, the Giants ran away with it. The Rockies hope to gain back some ground in their upcoming series against the Dodgers.
When Charlie Blackmon signed a six-year deal with the Rockies, fans were excited to hang onto the crowd favorite. This might be why we aren’t too worried about the slump he’s been in during the month of May. And in the midst of some severe offensive woes, his isn’t the worst. However, he’s already had some injury issues this season, and his power doesn’t seem quite there. Nolan Arenado isn’t producing like what we’re used to seeing, and DJ LeMahieu is still out with his thumb injury. Blackmon is in a bit of a slump, yes, but hopefully June will look up for him, as the Rockies’ offense will need the fan favorite to produce.
Drew Creasman discusses the recent comparisons between Ian Desmond and Paul Goldschmidt. He looks, too, at lineup construction theory, and the battles that Jon Gray is still fighting.