Early trouble sends Cook, Rockies to another loss
The Colorado Rockies are a season-worst five games below .500 afteronce again struggled in the early innings and the Atlanta Braves cruised to a 9-1 victory.
Cook, who is 0-4 with a 5.82 ERA in six starts _ five of them Rockies losses _ was trailing 2-0 before he got an out. Jordan Schafer led off the first with a triple, and scored on Alex Gonzalez’s single. Brian McCann followed with a run-scoring double. McCann moved to third on the first of two ground ball outs and scored on Eric Hinske’s single which put the Rockies in a quick 3-0 hole.
Cook left after facing two batters in the sixth and got 13 of his 15 outs on ground balls. But the Braves did plenty of damage when they got the ball in the air against Cook. McCann led off the third with a single, and Chipper Jones lined a 2-1 sinker that ran off the plate but stayed up down the left field line for a two-run homer.
Cook left after giving up singles to Hinske and Dan Uggla to start the sixth.relieved Cook and walked Nate McLouth to load the bases. A run scored when pinch hitter Jason Heyward grounded into a double play, and Schafer, who went 4-for-5, singled home a run to make the score 7-1.
Strugglingpitched the eighth. He gave up a leadoff single to Hinske and a two-run homer to Uggla.
The Rockies were unable to get a timely hit against starter Jair Jurrjens, who is 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA, that might have pulled them closer. They had runners on first and third with two out in the fourth, andflied out. After scoring in the fifth on ‘s one-out double high off the wall in right-center followed by ‘s single, Cook singled but flied out and grounded into a fielder’s choice.
With runners on first and second and no out in the sixth,broke for third and for second. Catcher McCann went for the trailing runner and threw Wigginton out. The Rockies had runners at first and third with two out, but Stewart grounded out.
Jurrjens left after the sixth, and the Rockies loaded the bases with two out against Scott Linebrink but Wigginton struck out. Between the fourth and seventh innings, the Rockies left nine runners on base and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
_ , and Aaron Cook, the three starters against the Braves, have pitched a combined total of 15 1/3 innings. Counting the 3 2/3 innings lasted Sunday against the Royals, the Rockies starters are 0-4, 9.00 (19 innings, 19 earned runs) in the past four games.
_ The Rockies have lost three straight games to the Braves and six straight games on the road dating back to June 25. The Rockies have lost four straight and six of their past eight.
_ The Rockies are 6-21 at Turner Field since the start of 2003.
_ Cook last won on Sept. 8 and last won on the road on Sept. 3 at San Diego. He has pitched six innings twice in six starts. Cook made his first two starts this year against the Padres _ the team against whom he has had the most success. He’s 0-1, 3.97 against the Padres and 0-4, 6.75 against everyone else, namely the Tigers, Yankees, White Sox and Braves.
_ In the three losses to the Braves, the Rockies have had two extra-base hits, both doubles, and have gone 4-for-22 with runners in scoring position.
_ Rafael Betancourt has allowed six homers in 34 1/3 innings and has been scored upon in eight of his past 12 appearances.
_ Brothers allowed the two runners he inherited from Cook with no out in the sixth to score. Only two of Brothers’ first 10 inherited runners had scored.