The Colorado Rockies (48-52) dropped the 1st of a 4 game series against the Miami Marlins (36-61) in what turned out to be a low scoring affair at Coors Field.
The Marlins edged out the Rockies 3-1 with a phenomenal performance from Tom Koehler with 7 strong innings of work allowing just 1 run on 8 hits and 7 strikeouts.
For the Rockies, Drew Pomeranz went just 4.1 innings while allowing 3 runs off of 5 hits. The struggles for the young pitching prospect continue to pile up. This is the 4th game in 4 starts that the pitcher has not been able to make it past 4.1 innings. Perhaps even worse, the Marlins had failed to score a run since July 14th before last night. If Pomeranz wishes to stay up in the majors, he must find a way to become more efficient with batters. Averaging just 4 innings per start will not get it done.
It wasn't just Pomeranz that was a let down. The offense was terrible yet again. The lone score for the Rockies was a bomb to center on a 3-0 count from Troy Tulowitzki in the 4th inning. The Marlins would score from a double knock in a run, a sacrifice fly and a home run.
Despite men on base throughout the game, they Rockies could not drive any of them in, which is becoming a weekly thing. The Rockies have lost 20 games where they have failed to struggle more than a run and lost. In over 80% of those games, the Rockies lost by 2 runs or less. At some point, management needs to realize the Rockies are not fine on offense. They desperately need another bat in the lineup.
If there was a silver lining in the game, it was that the Rockies bullpen. They went 4.2 innings without allowing a run and giving their team a strong chance to win.
The Rockies have 3 games left against the Marlins. With the deadline looming and their season potentially on the brink, they need to take the rest of them. Otherwise, they could quickly become sellers.
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