Millwood stumbles, Rockies held to one hit in fifth straight loss
finally faltered and the Colorado Rockies were held to one hit in an 8-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. It was the Rockies fifth straight loss on a dismal final homestand and assured them of a losing record at Coors Field this season.
The Rockies are 38-41 at Coors Field with two home games remaining. They will have just their fourth losing record in 17 years at Coors Field.
The five-game losing streak at home is the longest since the Rockies dropped five straight games at Coors Field from May 13-27, 2009. The five-game losing streak also ties the season-high; the Rockies also lost five straight from July 3-7.
Left-hander Cory Luebke gave up one hit in seven innings, a two-run homer towith two out in the sixth. The homer scored ., who walked. After the walk, Luebke preserved his no-hitter when he slid to get ‘s grounder near the mound and threw him out at first. Ellis’ homer came on the Rockies only at-bat with a runner in scoring position.
Millwood had not allowed more than four runs in any of his seven previous starts with the Rockies but gave up seven runs, six earned, in 3 1/3 innings. He walked leadoff hitter Jeremy Hermida in the fourth and Aaron Cunningham followed with his second homer of the season. Luebke singled with one out, and Cameron Maybin followed with his ninth homer, ending Millwood’s 63-pitch workday.
Millwood gave up a run on three straight singles to start the second and gave up two runs in the third. The first scored on Jason Bartlett’s one-out single. The second was unearned due to catcher‘s passed ball that preceded Kyle Blanks’ two-out, run-scoring single.
_ The Rockies have been held to one hit at home three times and have been no-hit there once. The other one-hitters were thrown by Pat Rapp of Florida on Sept. 17, 1995, when Dante Bichette singled in the fourth in the Marlins 17-0 romp and by Houston’s Roy Oswalt on Sept. 6, 2008, when the Astros won 2-0 and singled in the fifth. The no-hitter was thrown by Hideo Nomo of the Dodgers on Sept. 17, 1996, when the Dodgers won 9-0.
_ The Rockies have been outscored 43-18 on this homestand, which began with the Rockies getting swept in a four-game series by the San Francisco Giants.
_The Rockies other losing records at Coors Field _ 39-42 in 1999, 38-43 in 2004 and 40-41 in 2005.
_The Rockies struck out 12 times, nine against Luebke, who walked three and threw 119 pitches, 68 strikes.struck out three times, and and each struck out twice.
_Edgmer Escalona pitched two perfect innings and struck out two. Since he was reinstated from the disabled list Sept. 9, Escalona has pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
_ Jim Miller made his third appearance with the Rockies and was scored upon for the first time. He gave up a one-out triple to Maybin in the sixth and Bartlett’s sacrifice fly. Miller pitched a career-high 2 2/3 innings. He had twice pitched 1 1/3 innings with the Orioles in September 2008, when he made eight appearances in his only time in the big leagues before this month.