The Coors Effect

July 28, 2010 3:01 AM

Pirates not enough to cure Rockies' woes

Well, that didn't go according to plan, did it?

The Pirates still aren't very good, but right now, the Rockies are worse.  As usual, the problem wasn't the pitching -- Jorge struck out eight and walked two in seven innings, and gave up two earned runs -- but the Rockies just couldn't score.  Back-to-back homers by Brad Hawpe (his sixth of the season) and Clint Barmes (his eighth) provided all of the Rockies' scoring.  The Pirates didn't muster much offense, but they were able to push across four runs -- the go-ahead run scored following an error by the returning Troy Tulowitzki, and Neil Walker tacked on an insurance run with his fourth homer of the season.  But this was yet another night when the pitching was good enough to win, but the offense just couldn't do anything.

One thing that must be pointed out is that Dexter Fowler batted leadoff.  Not that that's anything unusual, but if Jim Tracy is willing to admit that Dexter is in a slump (he is), why is it that when he plays, he bats leadoff?  Tracy has no problem batting Hawpe seventh right now; Hawpe is hitting like a seven-hole hitter right now (though, of course, he did go 2-for-4 with a double and a homer tonight.)  Yeah, Dex is in a slump right now, and Tracy needs to let him work through his slump, but why not let him do that at the bottom of the order?  I know, it seems like everybody is slumping right now, but why not bat Ryan Spilborghs in the leadoff spot?

Anyway, bad loss.  True, the Padres lost, but the Giants and Dodgers won -- and at this point, the Rockies need to be actively making up ground, not merely letting things stay as they are.  And right now, that involves winning.

Rockies Top Three

1.  Brad Hawpe
: That's more like the Hawpe the Rockies need.

2.  Clint Barmes: Tonight might have been better if, say, there had been runners on base before Hawpe and Barmes hit their homers.

3.  Jorge de la Rosa: No, this wasn't a Bad Jorge night.  Jorge didn't deserve to lose this one.

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