Jeff Hoffman was solid in his start on the mound, allowing two runs in five innings depite giving up nine hits and a walk. He also struck out three in his outing.
Also of note in the pitching department was the Rockies debut of reliever James Pazos, who put out a fire in the seventh inning by striking out Colin Moran. For a team that needed a lefty reliever really all season, it seems like Pazos maybe should have seen Denver a bit sooner than he did.
Not this again...
For the second straight day, the Rockies gave up a home run on the very first pitch of the game. This time it was Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier who took a fastball from Hoffman deep to right field, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead after Kevin Newman did the same to a Tim Melville curveball on Saturday. As former manager Jim Tracy would say, it would behoove the Rockies to not let this trend continue.
Nolan goes deep
The Rockies only extra-base hit of the day came in the sixth inning when Nolan Arenado hit his 35th home run of the season against Pirates starter Steven Brault, getting the Rockies on the board:
The Rockies will try to get back on track tomorrow against the NL West leading Dodgers. Peter Lambert will take the mound against LA’s Walker Buehler. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. Mountain time.