After last night’s offensive explosion, it felt like the Rockies were primed to continue the trend tonight. Even the quick two runs scored in the first inning of this game validated these feelings. However, as the game continued the Rockies could not replicate the firepower shown yesterday. After the four hits in the first inning, the Rockies had six more in the remaining eight innings but nearly none strung together. The hits weren’t there and neither was the power. For just the third time in the last 30 days, the Rockies did not hit a home run.
The loss drops the Rockies to 47-61. The hopes for a 100 win season are hanging on by a thread.
The doubles did continue
Like I said, the Rockies offense initially seemed to pick right up where they left off last night when they hit six doubles with four doubles today. Raimel Tapia, who did not hit a double yesterday, made up for it with two doubles today. His first coming in the first inning of the game allowed Brendan Rodgers to hit his own for the second consecutive day and bring in Tapia to score the first run of the game. Rodgers would also score after a wild pitch from Alec Mills and a ground out from Trevor Story.
Brendan Rodgers' 8th double of the season scores Raimel Tapia pic.twitter.com/rI2qtqbE1R— RoxGifsVids (@RoxGifsVids) August 5, 2021
Raimel Tapia now has a team high 24 doubles on the season. The two today come after he had just three during the entire month of July. That was a bit of a cool down from when he hit 15 back in June but now he appears to be getting back into that extra base groove.
Jon Gray gives solid outing but Cubs score three on big play
Jon Gray was on his way to another phenomenal outing at Coors Field as he was holding the Cubs scoreless and 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position up until he reached two outs in the fifth inning. That was when former Rockie Rafael Ortega got a two out rally going with a single followed by another single from Wilson Contreras and an Ian Happ walk. That would load the bases for Patrick Wisdom who’d… well you’d have to see how close it got.
If it’s hard to tell exactly what happened from this angle, but Raimel Tapia actually caught the ball in his glove for about half of a second before his glove came down against the top fence portion of the right field wall and knocked the ball loose to allow three runs, giving the Cubs the lead and the eventual win.
The rubber match between the Rockies and Cubs as they wrap up their three game series tomorrow. Germán Márquez (9-8, 3.51 ERA) will go up against veteran right hander Jake Arrieta (5-10, 6.20 ERA). It’ll be an early afternoon game with first pitch slated for 1:10 PM MDT.