Pittsburgh scored a run in the first inning and the game was practically over at this point. Colorado is now 0-26 on the road when the home team scores first. To add salt to the wound, Russell Martin hooked a three run shot just inside the foul pole to finish the Pirates’ scoring in the fifth inning. Jonathon Herrera’s RBI single in the seventh inning was the only blemish on A.J. Burnett’s complete game outing. He scattered eight hits on only 110 pitches. Juan Nicasio went only 4 1/3 inning giving up countless hits or foul balls on 0-2 counts.
Everybody knew the Rockies didn’t show up on Sunday when the Pirates had the bases jammed with no outs when D.J. LeMahieu snagged a hard two-hopper, stepped on third for the force and threw home. The runner realized the force is no longer in play and ran back to third. Yorvit Torrealba ran him back to third thinking that there were two runners at third. Problem was that the trailing runner was already out on the force at third. So the runner going home returned to third safely. Even Walt Weiss himself needed an explanation on why there was just one out. Read the rules book, men of Blake Street.
Nothing more to write home about the Rockies. Agbayani is leading the RWO contingent to have us turn our attention to the farmhands in Modesto and Tulsa. In just four weeks, Colorado will likely send some pitchers to Denver during roster expansion and try to get a read on the prospects for 2014 and later.