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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2008-06-28

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2008-06-28
As bad as the Rockies have been playing, they keep hanging around on the edge in the NL West.

With a 7-1 loss to Detroit on Friday, the Rockies have lost five in a row, including the last four to AL teams, leaving them with a 7-6 interleague record with two games remaining against the Tigers this weekend. They, however, aren't losing any ground in the NL West.

"A lot of times we find a way to makes excuses for players, managers and coaches when things don't go well," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Sometimes it's just a matter that you didn't get the job done."

But even with their failures of late, the Rockies have been able to maintain some hope.

With Arizona losing 3-1 to Florida on Friday night, the Rockies may be 16 games below .500, but they are only eight games back of the division-leading Diamondbacks, the same deficit they faced before they went into a slide that has seen them lose six of their last seven games.

"We are fortunate to be in the position we are in," admitted Hurdle, "but every day we miss an opportunity we can't recapture it. ... We have time, but not as much time as we had yesterday. We know what we are capable of doing. The experience we have (from last season's dash to the postseason) bodes well for us. That being said, we need to start playing better, and we need to get started tonight."

Not only have the Rockies lost five in a row, but they have led for only one inning in the five games -- 1-0 in the second inning at Kansas City on Wednesday.

"We are not in a good place offensively," Hurdle said. "Things we have done in the past we are not doing. We have to get better. We have to make pitchers work harder. You have to give (pitcher Eddie Bonine) credit. He controlled the situation."

Jeff Baker's run-scoring single in Detroit was the Rockies' only hit in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position, an area that has been a season-long challenge for the team.

"Overall, we've been terrible at it, and we know that," Todd Helton said. "It is something we have to get better at. We understand you don't have to go out and outslug the other guy, but you have to get the hit with a runner in scoring position, or not even a hit, but do something to advance the runner. We know we are capable of doing that. We showed that last year. It's a matter of doing it again this year."

TIGERS 7, ROCKIES 1: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, coming off one of the best performances of his career in a showdown last weekend against childhood idol Pedro Martinez and the Mets, was gone after 104 pitches and four innings against the Tigers. Jimenez gave up only two runs in the first inning, but he threw 39 pitches. Ryan Speier allowed one run in three innings, and Luis Vizcaino was charged with two runs in an inning, which began with him giving up back-to-back triples to Michael Hollimon and Curtis Granderson.

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Added: June 28, 2008

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