Another day.... another disheartening loss... against a beatable opponent... with a pitcher making his big league debut... at Coors Field.
So many reasons to win. So much frustration.
Padres 3, Rockies 1 (boxscore)
This time it was the offense's turn to not hold up their end of the bargain. As I said, Anthony Bass was making his big league debut for San Diego. He could very well go on to have an amazing career, but geez, you'd think an offense with Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton could give the kid a proper welcomes to the bigs. Especially at home, where baseballs were flying all weekend long.
It just didn't happen. I don't know what the answer is. They seemed to be over the hump, but they couldn't sustain any threats or come up with the big knock.
By the way, of the Rockies five total hits, two each belonged to Chris Nelson and Charlie Blackmon. So yes, I think most of us knew these guys couldn't fix the offense, but they have certainly added to it. It's just not enough when the money players have a bad day.
Aaron Cook: Slow start, allowing basehits to the first three batters of the game. He only allowed two hits after that before leaving after the long rain delay in the 6h. I can't remember how long the rain delay was, but I think it was a little over...
Ah yes. Thanks guys. (Alanna, check your watch.)
Unfortunately Cook took the loss despite only allowing two runs. Jason Hammel feels your pain.
Matt Belisle: Having another brilliant season, although much quieter than last year. Definitely the player of the game after throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Very good and very efficient.
Overall: It's getting to be put up or shut up time. This homestand has to finish strong. Having the mentality that a 10-game winning streak in August or September will make everything better is a bad way to live. No guarantee this team has a five-game winning streak in them, let alone eight, ten, eleven, whatever. The turnaround has to start now, and they have to sustain it.