The Bryan Shaw struggle bus is still running
Bullpens, man. Relievers, am I right? Shaw is still a workhorse, but in terms of results the Rockies have not gotten what they signed up for so far. Tasked with protecting a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning of this game, Shaw gave up a single and then a go-ahead two-run home run to Chris Taylor. Yasiel Puig followed that with a missile of a home run of his own for good measure.
The two-out rally that wasn’t
This game almost got away from the Rockies early. Chad Bettis had the bases loaded with a run across in the first inning. Things looked bad. Then he walked a run in and things looked worse. Bettis got a flyball to end the inning and settled in for the rest of his five-inning outing. This was almost a disaster that was never close enough to be a disappointing loss. If only. But good on Bettis for continuing to be a stud this season.
The Ian Desmond game that could have been
The Rockies first baseman blasted a solo home run to get the Rockies on the board. He later drove in the go-ahead run with the infield pulled in with a runner on third in the sixth. Desmond mostly struggles mightily, but when he doesn’t he likes to make key plays to help the team win. This is something about which people on Twitter are calm and rational.
The Rockies will try to take the series on Wednesday with Kyle Freeland on the mound opposite Kenta Maeda.