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Pirates 11, Rockies 4: Lifeless Rockies lose 5th straight

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Tim Melville beat up, but Ryan McMahon homered, at least

The Rockies lost to the Pirates 11-4 Saturday night. That makes it five consecutive losses for the Rockies, and three straight at home against the Pirates. The loss also puts the Rockies behind the Pirates in the National League standings, meaning that only the Marlins have a worse record in the NL than the Rockies.

Meville falters

Well, the first two starts were really fun, but let’s be honest: this was where we were always likely to end up. Tim Melville gave up a home run on his very first pitch of the game. He gave up two more runs in the first, one partially a product of a Nolan Arenado error. Melville then gave up three runs in the second, one partially a product of an error he himself made. After pitching seven and five innings in his first two tries, Melville didn’t see the third inning in this start after allowing five runs.

Maybe next time.

Still a bright spot

Ryan McMahon continues to be a bright spot in what has been a miserable second half for the Rockies. On Saturday McMahon hit his 19th home run of the season. McMahon hit 7 home runs in 238 first half plate appearances, and he now has hit 12 dingers in 165 second half plate appearances.

Up next

The Rockies will try to avoid the sweep Sunday afternoon against the Pirates. While the Rockies haven’t announced a starter yet, it’s likely to be Jeff Hoffman, who was in the Rockies clubhouse Saturday. Because rosters expand September 1, there won’t need to be a corresponding move. The Pirates will start lefty Steven Brault, and first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 MT.