Jimenez struggles again; Rockies lose to Pirates
gave up for runs in four innings, his shortest of four starts this season, and fell to 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA as the Colorado Rockies lost 8-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the rubber game of their three-game series.
Jimenez faced 14 batters with a runner in scoring position during an 88-pitch struggle _ he threw just 48 strikes _ that included four walks, one intentional, and three wild pitches as well as six hits allowed. He struck out Neil Walker with runners on first and third and one out in the first and after throwing a wild pitch while facing Garrett Jones, struck him out to strand runners on second and third. But Jimenez gave up four runs in the second when he walked leadoff hitter Ryan Doumit, gave up a single to Pedro Alvarez that sent Doumit to third and a bunt single to Ronny Cedeno that scored Doumit.
After pitcher Charlie Morton fouled out on a bunt attempt, Jimenez struck out Andrew McCutchen but Xavier Paul tripled home two runs with a drive to the gap in right-center, and Jones followed with a double to the gap in left-center.
Esmill Rogers, making his first relief appearance of the season and pitching for the first time in six days, relieved Jimenez and gave up four runs in the fifth on four hits and two walks. He threw 40 pitches, 23 strikes, in the inning, and two of the runs scored on Jones’ two-out single.
That rally gave the Pirates an 8-2 lead. The Rockies made it 8-4 on‘s two-run double with two out in the sixth off Mike Crotta. Former Rockie relieved Crotta and struck out Alfredo Amezega and got to fly to left.
With one run home in the fourth on a single by, who was pinch-hitting for Jimenez, and the Pirates leading 4-2, Amezega came up with two out and the bases loaded and lined to second.
_ Jimenez, who has yet to get beyond the fifth inning this season, never retired the Pirates in order. He threw 21 pitches, 11 strikes in the first and had pitch counts of 24/14 in the second, 27/14 in the third before a more respectable 16/9 in fourth.
_ Jimenez tied the single-game franchise record with three wild pitches, something he also did April 25, 2008, against the Dodgers. Other Rockie pitchers who threw three wild pitches in a game were David Nied in 1994, Bryan Rekar (1994) and (2003).
_ Rogers has allowed 13 walks and 29 hits in 22 1/3 innings, and his ERA rose from 6.33 to 7.66.
_ The Rockies are 7-6 at home, where they have lost two straight series, compared to 10-3 on the road. They finished the season series 4-3 against the Pirates.
_ broke a 0-for-12 slide with a single in the fifth.
_ , batting fifth for the second consecutive game, doubled in the fourth, giving him extra-base hits in consecutive games for the first time this season.