For the third night in a row, the Rangers were unable to compete with the Rockies tough hitters, and suddenly tough pitcher, as they fell 9-2, and proved there was more to this series then Coors Field.
The Rockies jumped to an early lead in the first, after Nolan Arenado hit a RBI double that would score Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, and extend his hitting streak to 27.
Colby Lewis gave up a two-run homer to Gonzalez in the fourth, Colorado scored a run off an error from Leonys Martin, and two more runs just for show, before Lewis left the game and Scott Baker came in to make his Rangers debut.
“It was just one of those days” said Lewis. I can’t really chalk it up to anything less than that. You just gotta go out there, and try to get outs. They were, and our guys weren’t
Baker gave up two runs in the fifth before settling down. At the very least, Baker was able to pitch the rest of the game, and do what he was called up to do, in giving the bullpen some much needed rest.
“He was huge” said Elvis Andrus. “I think he did something that a lot of people haven’t done for a little bit, in that he shut it down. We know he’s going to help us.”
The Rangers two runs came in the fourth, as a Michael Choice single was followed by a blast to center field from Adrian Beltre. It was Beltre’s 100th home run as a Texas Ranger, and by far the most special moment of the night for the Rangers.
So about the offense. The Rockies have outscored the Rangers 29-5 in the first three games of a four game series. They have outhit the Rangers 50-22. Rockies’ starter Jorge De La Rosa entered today’s game having given up 36 hits and held a solid 5.11 ERA, yet he completely owned the Rangers. It’s safe to say that recently, the Rangers hitting has been downright awful.
“You have to keep at it” said Andrus. Everybody has at least 500 more at-bats during the season. It’s really bad when you already think about getting frustrated. We’re facing a team that’s really hot right now, everything they are doing is good. You just have to tip your hat”
So about the pitching. Lewis lasted only 3 ⅔ innings, something that has become all too familiar amongst the Rangers starting rotation. Lewis gave up seven runs, though only six were earned. For the two games in Colorado, we could blame the pitching on the high altitude of Denver and build of Coors Field, with the hope that all would be restored once the Rangers returned to Arlington. Sadly for Lewis, no blame can be placed on Globe Life Park. A little blame however, can be placed on Colorado’s strong lineup.
“We aren’t throwing our best” said Rangers manager Ron Washington. “But, Colorado is really hot right now. Every time Colby threw a strike, they hit it.” Lewis agreed, saying that the best thing for the Rangers right now would be for “Colorado to leave.”
The Rangers have one last shot at redemption against the Rockies, before a weekend series with the Red Sox. Thursday’s game is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.