After a promising start, the Rockies totally disappeared in a 7-0 loss. Nazty and Money opened the game with sharp singles off winner Julio Teheran. After a Tulo popup, CarGo twice hit the ball a mile that landed in foul territory. Since those two near misses, the Rockies had only two hits which were singles by Charlie Culberson and Justin Morneau. Evan Gattis, Justin Upton and Chris Johnson hit four no-doubters that accounted for all of the Braves’ runs. Each of the first three home runs came on hanging sliders from Morales and two of them came after a walk. The Rockies’ performance for the rest of the road trip could hinge on Tulo’s health. He was pulled in favor of Josh Rutledge after he was shown favoring a leg walking in the dugout in the eighth inning.
After yet another Sunday loss, Colorado drops to 27-23 overall and 11-16 on the road. They travel to Philadelphia for a three-game series starting tomorrow afternoon. Kyle Kendrick, Cole Hamels, and Roberto Hernandez will be throwing the ball at the Rockies hitting machine. San Francisco Giants kept on winning this weekend and they are starting to put some distance on the rest of the NL West teams. The Rockies need to re-evaluate Kerosene’s role in the starting rotation. They cannot wait until mid July to get either Brett Anderson or Tyler Chatwood back. The Denver Post (see link in my pre-game post) mentioned the options that the Rockies have that they can use to strengthen the #5 role. Purple Row a few weeks ago mentioned that Dan Winkler will have to be added to the 40-man roster after the season if they do not want to lose him to Rule 5 draft. It makes the most sense to give Winkler the first chance if not Tyler Matzek. On the other hand, Eddie Butler pitched seven shutout innings today on Morales’ schedule.