Sunday Recap: No Relief in Sight, Dodgers Rally, Claim a Weekend Split at Coors
The Rockies made a statement in the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Dodgers. They scored four runs and took a 4-3 lead.
Moments later, however, they were drowned out by the visiting Dodgers. The Dodgers scored six runs, all of which were charged to reliever Chat Bettis, who retired only one batter. It equaled the third highest run total a Rockies reliever has allowed in an inning of work or less, one shy of the record Adam Ottavino set against the Padres on Sept. 16, 2012, and Carlos Esteves equaled against the Nationals on April 27, 2017.
It was far from what the Rockies had come to expect when Bettis enters the game from the bullpen. He had a 2.84 ERA in 21 games before Sunday. He had been unscored upon in 12 of those games, giving up one run in seven games, and two runs twice.
At the Plate
Charlie Blackmon put an exclamation mark on the end of an exceptional June he put togehter. Blackmon hit his 20th home run of the seasn in the ninth inning. It was the final blow in a month in which he hit .412, the top June average in the National League this year. And he had company in those leading hitters for the month of June. Daniel Muprhy hit .340 for the month, the 10th highest aveage in the NL, and checking in at No. 13 is Rockies center fielder Ian Desmond, who hit .330.
On the Mound
The Rockies have a solid 1-2-3 punch in the rotation, led by Jon Gray (9-5, 3.86). German Marquez is 8-3 with a 4.29 ERA and Antonio Senszatela is 7-5 with a 4.83 ERA. But after that. ... The Rockies, who used only seven starters in all of 2018 and that included Jeff Hoffman for one abbreviated start, have already used nine this year. And the six behind Gray, Marquez and Senzatela are a combined 5-15 with a 6.51 ERA.
Chi Chi Gonzalez made his second start for the Rockies in his return from Tommy John surgery, which kept him out of the big leagues the last two starts, but was gone after four innings. Rookie Peter Lambert is 2-0, but has worked only 24 2/3 innings in five starts. Jeff Hoffman and Kyle Freeland are pitching for Triple-A Albuauerque. Chad Bettis is in the bullpen and Tyler Anderson underwent season-ending (career-threatening) knee surgery.
In light of the fact the Rockies were off Monday and will be off Thursday before playing three games at Arizona next weekend leading up to the four-day All-Star Break, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Rockies sent either Gonzalez or Lambert to Triple-A when shortstop Trevor Story is activated from the Injured List on Tuesday.
Letting Sunday's game slipped away was a disappointment, but the Rockies have rebounded well from an 0-5 start at home. They are 24-12 since, having won eight series, tied two and lost one. They dropped two of three to the D-Backs May 3-5 but rebounding to sweep Arizona in a four-game series at home May 27-30.