On a hot, hazy Thursday afternoon in LoDo, the Rockies’ struggling offense took a siesta. When the wake-up call finally came, it was too late.
And so the Rockies lost 6-3 to a Cincinnati team that entered the game having lost 16 of its last 19 road games.
Colorado (50-38) fell for the 12th time in its last 15 games. Right now, it’s a shadow of the team that was 47-26 and in first place in the National League West on June 20. During their 15-game slide, the Rockies have hit .226 at the plate.
The Rockies made a little noise in the eighth inning on a double by Raimel Tapia and a sacrifice fly by DJ LeMahieu, but after Charlie Blackmon singled, stole second and moved to third on an error, the still-slumping Carlos Gonzalez struck out, putting a wet blanket on the rally. Gonzalez, 0-for-4, is hitting .217 with just 22 RBIs the entire season.
The Rockies wasted a reasonably good start from right-hander Tyler Chatwood.
It’s no secret that Coors Field has been a haunted home field for Chatwood. He entered Wednesday’s game 2-4 with a 6.39 ERA in seven starts. Though he certainly didn’t shut down the Reds, giving up three runs on eight hits and four walks, he pitched well enough, and gritty enough, to give his team a chance to win.
Chatwood faced trouble right off the game’s first at-bat. Billy Hamilton roped a triple to right and scored on Joey Votto’s single up the middle. Chatwood escaped the inning by inducing Eugenio Suarez into a groundout double play. It was the first of a number of buckle-down outs Chatwood used to escape trouble.
He struck out Billy Hamilton to end the second with two men on base, then got double plays in the third and fourth to short-circuit Reds’ rallies.
Cincinnati extended its lead to 3-1 in the fifth on a Scooter Gennett leadoff walk followed by Duvall’s double off the right-center field wall.
Story, 2-for-4, drove in Colorado’s first run in the second inning, scoring Mark Reynolds with a single to left.