The Rockies probably partied too hard last night and they looked like zombies today in a 5-1 losing effort. Jhoulys Chacin made the first start and he was totally rusty. I do not recall any strikes hitting the bottom of the K-zone. Most of the hits were XBHs and the outs recorded were loud outs. Somehow he managed to go five innings while giving up only four earned runs. Thomas Kahnle gave up back-to-back doubles with two outs in the seventh inning. Matt Belisle tossed the last two innings of perfect ball while showing fastball velocity at 92-93 on just 16 pitches.
Offensively, the Rox created a little traffic here and there but could not get the one key RISP hit to get the rally started. They were uncharacteristically 0 for 9 in RISP situations. Justin Morneau hit a solo homer in the ninth inning to end the shutout bid by the New York Mets. The highlight of day offensively was a double by NoDo to extend his hit streak to 24. Mets pitcher Dillon Gee threw six shutout innings giving up six hits, a walk, and five strikeouts.
In the meantime the San Francisco Giants (20-11) continued to roll with their ninth victory in their last ten games. The Rockies (19-14) dropped to two games behind the Giants but they remain a half game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers (18-14) thanks to Jeff Baker’s walkoff hit in Miami’s win over the Dodgers. Texas Rangers is coming to town for a two game set at Coors, then it’s another two games in Texas.