Tuesday Recap: Rockies Fall Another Rung on Ladder of NL Wild Card Battle

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The season is far from over.

But the Rockies are reaching a breaking point.

With the Giants bouncing back for an 8-4, 10-inning win at Coors Field on Tuesday night after the Rockies had tied the game with a three-run ninth, the Rockies suffered their 15th loss in 21 games. Over those 21 games, which date back to June 21, the Rockies have gone from the No. 1 spot in the NL Wild Card standings to a tie with the Giants for sixth, albeit three games back of the Phillies, who currently hold the No. 2 Wild Card position.

But the Rockies 6-15 record in that stretch is the worst record in the Naitonal League -- two games back of the Padres, andfour games behind the Reds, Mets and Marlins.

At the Plate

The Rockies offense slumbered on Tuesday until the ninth when they came up with three runs to tie the score thanks to a solo home run from Trevor Story and two-run home run from Ian Desmond. But then the last 21 games have not provided a lot of offensive hope. The Rockies, who were hitting .272 after games of June 20, have hit .242 since then. Among Rockies with 10 at-bats in those 21 games, Daniel Murphy (.338) and Raimel Tapia (.327) are the only ones hitting higher than .268. And the Rockies four All-Stars? Charlie Blackmon is hitting .263, Nolan Arenado .233, David Dahl .222 and Trevor Story .209.

On the Mound

Former Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz had his shot at a victory eliinated when reliever Will Smith gave up three runs in the ninth, allowing the Rockies to force extra innings.

Pomeranz, however, did in a visiting uniform what the Rockies rarely saw when he was in a Rockies uniform. Pomeranz allowed one run on three hits and a walk in five innings on Tuesday.

As a Rockie?


The Rockies are now 6-5 in extra innings -- 3-2 at Coors Field, where both extra-inning losses were by four run margins. They lost 16-12 to the Padres on June 14, and 8-4 to the Giants on Tuesday night.