Missed opportunities cost Rockies in 14 innings…
If you only knew the number of times I have changed the title of this post while watching this game, when it looked like the Rockies could win or lose this game definitively. Five plus hours of agonizing baseball. This game was difficult to watch from the 4th inning on. Jorge De La Rosa struggled mightly in the 4th and 5th innings, giving up two runs to the Pirates. De La Rosa left the game after 5 innings with 80 pitches. Matt Belisle replacing De La Rosa in the 6th, struggled with 35 pitches in the inning and giving up an earned run on 2 walks, 1 hit and a wild pitch.
Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Iannetta lacked any sort of patience at the plate tonight, swinging at any and all pitches outside of the strike zone, going 0 for 12 between them with 6 strikeouts. Troy Tulowitzki went 0-4, but did draw 3 walks.
Jason Giambi accounted for all 3 runs scored by the Rockies on a 3 run homerun in the first inning. Giambi, Herrera and Fowler were the only Rockies with multiple hits.
The bullpen overall played well, the exceptions being Belisle and Morales. Street was phenomenal for 3 innings, allowing a hit, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Paulino, Betancourt, Lindstrom and Reynolds all held their own as well.
The Rockies had plenty of chances to win this game, but could never capitalize. 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and 14 men left on base.