Pittsburgh, PA – The Colorado Rockies missed a chance to sweep their double header on Wednesday, and the sun may be to blame. With 2 outs in the bottom of the fifth and no score, Nate McLouth blooped a pop fly to left field. Carlos Gonzalez looked as if he was just under the ball, but it landed just feet from Gonzalez and allowed one run. Then with McLouth on second, another pop fly off the bat of Andrew McCutchen to left dropped in about 10 feet away from Gonzalez scoring McClouth. After a two run home run from Garrett Jones and a one run shot from Pedro Alvarez, the Rockies went from a 0-0 tie to down by 5 runs in what seemed like an instant. Despite a home run from Ramon Hernandez, the Rockies lost the second game 5-1.
The first game of the double header was a pitchers duel between the Rockies Juan Nicasio and the Pirates James McDonald who held the Rockies hitless until the seventh inning when Troy Tulowitzki legged out an infield hit. That hit was important as Carlos Gonzalez had been walked the at bat before the hit and advanced to third. Jason Giambi hit a long sac fly to plate Gonzalez and take the lead for Colorado. In the bottom of the seventh though, Pedro Alvarez crushed a 417 foot home run to tie the score at 1-1 after 7. Both pitchers despite throwing amazing games were out after seven with a no decision.
Eric Young JR again showed why he was kept on the major league roster instead of being optioned to AAA. After being hit by a pitch and then advancing to third on a Marco Scutaro single, the stage was set for the fasted running Rockie on the roster. Tyler Colvin came up and hit a shallow fly ball to right field that most major league players would not advance on. Not so for Eric Young JR – he tagged and actually beat a great throw from right to plate what ended up being the winning run.
Still a decent road trip splitting the 6 games taking the series from the Brewers but losing 2 out of 3 to the Pirates. The Rockies stand at 9-9, 3.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers just hanging in the race for the West.
Denver Sports Chat – Kris Loco