The Bottom Line: Last night, the Rockies snapped a seven-game losing streak in a big way with a 10-5 win. The Rockies pounded 17 hits off of a variety of Cards pitchers to earn the much-needed victory.
Miller leaves game injured: After just 2 2/3 innings, Shelby Miller left the game due to back tightness. It was apparent that something was off with Miller throughout the night, as he allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and a whopping 5 walks. The rookie Nick Greenwood came in relief for Miller and took his first MLB loss after he gave up the go-ahead three-run homer to Justin Morneau. If Shelby Miller has to go on the DL, the Cards will be without 3 of their 5 starters since Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia were recently put on the 15-day DL.
Cards offense impressive in defeat: Jorge De La Rosa provided another lackluster effort for the Rockies, but he was bailed out by the team’s offensive attack. De La Rosa threw 7 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits. Jhonny Peralta clubbed a two-run homer, his 11th of the season, while Allen Craig went 2 for 5 with an RBI. The Cards also got some help from non-everyday starters as Mark Ellis and Peter Bourjos were both 2 for 4.
In sum, the offense showed up for the Cards tonight, but it seemed like there was almost nothing the pitching staff could do to stop the Rockies from scoring tonight. A game like this was bound to happen to a high-scoring Rockies team that had come in on a seven-game losing streak. No pitcher was very effective for the Cards, as it seemed like almost every Rockies player was in the zone offensively, so that may be something to worry about in today’s game.