The Coors Effect

April 7, 2010 11:13 AM

LOB issues doom Rockies to first loss

So, the Rockies weren't going to go 162-0.  We knew that.

Still, though, the loss last night was disheartening, if only because the Rockies had their chances to win.  The Rockies outhit the Brewers, 11 to 7, but only scored five runs to the Brewers' seven.  Six walks surrendered by Rockies pitchers certainly didn't help.

Neither, of course, did Greg Smith's outing.  A day after Ubaldo Jimenez allowed nine men to reach base in six innings, and only gave up one run, Smith surrendered just four hits and two walks in five innings -- and the Brewers scored five runs.  Two homers, a three-run bomb by Casey McGehee in the first inning and a Rickie Weeks solo shot in the fifth, certainly didn't help Smith's cause.

Now, although the Rockies did strand a few men on base, only two runners were left in scoring position, so it's difficult to say that the Brewers pitching staff worked out of a whole bunch of jams.  Still, on a night when the Rockies had eleven hits, five for extra bases, they should have done much better than this.

Oh well.  The Rockies have a shot at taking the series today, and that's ultimately what's important: win every series this season, and the Rockies will win over 100 games and win the West easily.

Rockies' top three from last night:

1.  Ian Stewart: Normally, when a hitter is one hit away from the cycle, the hit that's missing is not a single.  Stewart had a great day at the plate, and if this keeps up, Jim Tracy ought to consider batting him higher in the order than seventh.

2.  Todd Helton: Ho-hum, just another 3-for-4 night by the Toddfather.

3.  Clint Barmes: Did you know that Barmes only has one strikeout in eight at bats this season?  On a lot of nights, Barmes' error would have kept him off, but the error wound up not hurting and Barmes was 2-for-4 with a double.

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