The Colorado Rockies fell to the Chicago Cubs 3-1 Friday night. It was one of those rare low scoring games at Coors Field. The loss stung a bit more for the Colorado Rockies as the this ten game home stand will potentially effect whether the Rockies are buyers or sellers at the deadline on July 31st.
Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa would give a solid performance going 6 strong inning and allowing just 1 run off a home run. De La Rosa's counterpart for the Cubs was even more impressive Friday night. The former Notre Dame WR Jeff Samardijza picked up the win going an impressive 7.1 innings while allowing 4 hits and 1 ER. Rockies relief pitcher Edgmer Escalona would pick up the loss by walking a batter with 2 outs in the 7th inning and then giving up a double to score the run.
The bats for the Rockies failed to give the pitching any relief Friday night. CF Dexter Fowler had the only run for the Rockies. In the 4th inning, Fowler hit a bomb to center field that would tie the game up at 1-1 at the time. SS Troy Tulowitzki also had a nice night offensively. He went 2-3 with a walk. Other than those two, the offense was pretty abysmal.
Unfortunately for the Rockies, these dismal performances have been a reoccurring theme on offense. Friday night was the 19th time the Rockies failed to score more than one run. It was also the 18th time where the Rockies failed to score more than three runs and lost by two or less. Scoring one run or less nearly 25% of the time is unacceptable, especially for a team with the environment like Coors Field.
The next nine games could determine the direction the Rockies will head the second part of the season. If they hope to make a strong push for the division, they better approach these next nine games very seriously. Juan Nicasio will go for the Rockies Saturday against Cubs' pitcher Carlos Villanueva.