Rockies Notes: 9/7
Kimbrel dominated the Rockies in this series.
Kimbrel dominated the Rockies in this series.
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Posted Sep 6, 2012


The Colorado Rockies lost a tough game Thursday afternoon as for the second consecutive day the Rockies fell 1-0 to the Atlanta Braves. It was the first time in franchise history that the Rockies have lost consecutive 1-0 games, but perhaps the biggest takeaway from this game was how the lone run of the day scored. 

In the second inning with no outs and runners on second and third, right-hander Jhoulys Chacin dropped a return throw from catcher Wilin Rosario and the ball got away far enough for Juan Francisco to score. Chacin appeared to be upset with himself after missing location on the prior pitch and took his eye off the ball on the return throw. 

This happened just hours after the Rockies lost to the Braves 1-0 Wednesday night when the Braves scored an unearned run on Josh Rutledge's relay throw on a potential double play that ended up in the dugout. For all the losing the Rockies have done this year—and to actually give them some credit, the club has clearly played better in the second half—the club may have reached the pinnacle of lifeless baseball over the last two days. 

The Rockies became the first team since the 1987 Kansas City Royals to lose consecutive games without allowing an earned run. The Rockies are also just the 15th team to do so since 1918. This was a bit of a strange series in Atlanta as despite the Rockies playing most teams tough this year they've been dominated by the Braves (1-6). 

Despite more inspired play by the Rockies in the second half, they have been pretty boring to watch lately. Since the five game winning streak in August, the Rockies are 6-7. Not completely terrible, but still bad. So is the 23-28 record since the break. Oh, and they haven't scored since Tuesday.  

Notes:

  • Jordan Pacheco went 0-for-2 with two walks, snapping his 14-game hitting streak. It had been the longest active streak in the Major Leagues.
  • Jorge De La Rosa, recovering from Tommy John Surgery, made a rehab start at Rookie-level Grand Junction Wednesday. He struck out five batters in three shutout innings. 
  • Troy Tulowitzki went 1-for-3 on a rehab assignment with Double-A Tulsa on Wednesday and was in the lineup Thursday. 
  • Where Tulowitzki and De La Rosa go from here will depend on the results of the minor league baseball playoffs as all three clubs entered Thursday night on the brink of elimination. 
  • Josh Rutledge started Thursday's game at second base rather than shortstop in an effort to prepare him for Tulowitzki's return, which is still unknown but seems to be getting closer. Regardless, Rutledge will be the Rockies second basemen in 2013 and there's nothing wrong with getting him prepared for that now. 
  • One note on Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, who is one of the best closers in the game and absolutely owned the Rockies in this series. Kimbrel picked up the first four out save of his career Wednesday night and struck out all four batters he faced. On Thursday, he allowed a hit and a fly ball with two strikeouts. While protecting one-run leads in both games, Kimbrel struck out six of the eight batters he faced and allowed just one to reach base. Also, in his career, he's faced Carlos Gonzalez three times and struck him out all three times. Kimbrel is the best. 


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