It took one minute shy of four hours to close the book on the Rockies ninth straight loss. In that same amount of time one could have caught two movies with time left over for a comfortable lunch. 32,000+ decided to spend their time and about 10 times the amount of money to watch the Rockies play in person. It wasn’t a great day in Denver sports, but it was pretty much (bad) business as usual for the Rockies.
Oh, and they’ve lost 16 of their last 18. Kinda makes nine straight look weak-sauce when you put it that way. If it wasn’t for those two wins they would be sitting on 18 straight losses. The modern era record is 23, set by the 1961 Philadelphia Phillies. Knowing that, it really is a shame they won two games during the current losing streak, or the Rockies could have had a real shot at the record books.
Sunday featured 32 combined hits by the two teams, 16 hits each. The final score of 10-7 makes it seem like a close affair, and it was through seven. Coming into the eighth inning the Rockies were up 4-3. Put that together with the team record of 26-2 at home this season, when leading coming into the eighth, and the small victory of possibly putting a damper on Arizona’s extremely slim chance at the playoffs seemed within reach.
Enter Matt Belisle, exit Aaron Hill’s three run jack.
Only Josh Roenicke has seen more mound time than Matt Belisle. With his 78 trips to the hill, Belisle has been fairly solid, but the Diamondbacks would have none of his wily ways come Sunday. Belisle came into the eighth for Brothers who started the inning, but was pulled after giving up a lead-off single. Belisle proceed to strike out Montero, but then the wheels came off. He gave up a single to Nieves and then an RBI single to Mike Jacobs. He did strike out Adam Eaton, but his misplaced two-out pitch to Aaron Hill was all it took to put the DBack’s up 7-4. They would tack on three more runs in the ninth off of Harris.
One of the very few highlights from the game would be the continued revelation that is Wilin Rosario’s bat. He has a little streak of his own, having four games straight games of three hits. He’s batting .347 with three HR’s, three doubles and 12 RBIs in September. Currently his average is a respectable .274.
Francis had a decent day on the mound, going four innings with five hits and two earned to his name. He finished the day at exactly 75 pitches. He put into words the frustration of the current “streak” and the ultimate destination of 100 losses in a season:
It matters [finishing strong]. We don’t like losing one game, but 100 is that number that really stinks. It’s important as competitors. We’re doing some things really well. We’re scoring a lot of runs. But it’s not good enough to win. Winning is what we’re here to do, and we’re not doing that. We need to be better.
In order for the Rockies to steer clear of the 100 loss mark they need to win five of their last 10. One more loss will tie them up with the most losses in team history.