Rockies blow early lead, drop second straight series
The Colorado Rockies dropped a second consecutive series, falling 6-4 in 10 innings to the Chicago White Sox after squandering a 3-0 lead provided by ahome run.
Rockies pitchers were unable to hold the lead and, as has been the case all season, the Rockies’ inability to add on or come through with a big hit again proved costly:
- In the third inning, and singled with one out, and Tulowitzki walked to load the bases. grounded into what should have been an inning-ending double play to first base, but Adam Dunn did not touch the bag before throwing home to force Herrera. Given a second chance, the Rockies couldn’t capitalize as lined out to center.
- In the seventh, led off a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Herrera and stole third with Todd Helton batting. But Helton struck out, and after walks to Tulowtizki and Smith, Wigginton grounded out to end the inning.
- In both the eighth and ninth, with the game now tied 4-4, the Rockies got the leadoff hitter on — on a single in the eighth, Herrera on a walk in ninth — but failed to score.
The only run the Rockies’ scored after Tulowitzki’s home run came from the No. 8 hitter,, who, after Blackmon was intentionally walked with two outs in the sixth, singled to score Smith.
was solid in six innings, allowing only one run, but it was a run that never should have scored. Cook walked three in the inning — including pitcher Jake Peavy — and a batter in the inning. The inning’s only run scored on a wild pitch with Peavy at the plate. Despite the bad inning that could have been even worse, Cook left for a pinch-hitter after six innings with a 4-1 lead, having allowed five hits and four walks while striking out one.
allowed a home run to the first batter he faced in the seventh, Gordon Beckham to make the game 4-2. Beckham again hurt the Rockies in the eighth when he drove in another White Sox run with the third of back-to-back-to-back singles off . Juan Pierre tied the game 4-4 later in the inning with a sacrifice fly. Pierre finished off the Rockies in the 10th when, after allowed a double and a single to start the inning and loaded the bases with an error on a sacrifice bunt, he singled off the scoreboard in right to score two runs.
The Rockies have lost five of seven and have fallen three games below .500.