Rockies fall flat in finale, split with Brewers
The Colorado Rockies’ struggles on Sundays continued as another rough, short outing from, poor defense and missed opportunities at the plate brought a series that started well for the Rockies to a disappointing end.
After winning the first two of the series and letting the third game slip away Saturday, the Rockies needed their first Sunday win at Coors Field this season to take the crucial series from the Brewers. But Cook, who has yet to pitch beyond the sixth inning in any of his seven starts, dealt with frequent traffic in lasting just 4 2/3 innings, his short start of the season.
Cook allowed just a single to Nyjer Morgan in the first, his most efficient inning. A Rickie Weeks double and Casey McGehee sacrifice fly produced the first run in the second. Cook then faced bases-loaded, two-out situations in the third and fourth innings, each time with an error byon balls hit by pitcher Shaun Marcum contributing to the traffic. The first error came in the third when Stewart tried to barehand a soft grounder by Marcum but couldn’t come up with the ball. The second error came with two outs in the fourth, when Cook induced what should have been an inning-ending grounder to third from Marcum. But Stewart bobbled the ball to allow Marcum to reach. He still had a chance, though, to get McGehee, who would have been trapped between second and third if Stewart had been able to come up with the ball. But a second bobble gave McGehee a chance to get back safely. A frustrated Stewart then gave up on fielding the ball and, seeing an opportunity to advance rather than return to second, McGehee scampered into third in front of a Stewart.
Both times Cook was able to get out of the bases-loaded spots with a groundout, but with his pitch count elevated, Cook struggled a third time through the Brewers lineup. With one out in the fifth, Cook allowed five successive hitters to reach on a walk, single, double, single and double to bring in two more runs, a third prevented only because Weeks was caught between third and home trying to score on the second double. Cook was then pulled from the game, along with Stewart, who left in a double switch.
Despite Cook’s struggles, the Rockies were still in a close game thanks to an RBI single in the fourth byand a solo home run to the upper deck by in the sixth. But Rockies hitters were just 1-for-11 with five strikeouts with runners in scoring position — the one hit Smith’s. The Rockies had chances in the eighth inning, when Giambi led off with a double but was stranded at second, and again in the ninth. reached on an error and scored on a double by , who then represented the tying run. But Wigginton, like Giambi an inning earlier, was stranded at second after a groundout by and strikeouts by pinch-hitter and Tulowitzki.