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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2008-06-30


Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2008-06-30
What a difference 241 days can make. On Oct. 1 last season, the Rockies and San Diego went up against each other at Coors Field in the NL tiebreaker, the Rockies scoring three runs in the bottom of the 13th for a 9-8 victory and trip to the postseason. Monday, the Padres return for the first time. This time, though, it's a battle for the NL West basement.

Detroit pulled out a 4-3 victory against the Rockies on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park that not only extended the Rockies losing streak to seven games -- one shy of their longest this season -- but left them with a winless multi-city road trip for the seventh time in franchise history, the fifth time that they have lost at least six games on the same trip. That left the Rockies 18 games below .500 (32-50), equaling their low point of the season, but somehow having fallen from only eight games back of division-leading Arizona to nine games back despite losing eight of their last nine games.

"We haven't played well at all," admitted shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. "We deserve to be in last place."

San Diego has not been turning heads, either. Swept by Seattle at Petco Park during the weekend, the Padres are an NL-worst 32-51, a half-game behind the Rockies in the NL West standings. They have lost eight in a row and 11 of their last 12, and were 3-15 in inter-league play.

"With their pitching, that rotation, it is hard to figure (San Diego struggling)," said Rockies first baseman Todd Helton. "For us, overall, top to bottom, we haven't been good... It's hard to imagine, but we are where we are for a reason."

Not that the Rockies will get any sympathy from the Padres, who seemingly have not recovered from losing the final three games last season. They lost two in Milwaukee and the one to the Rockies where Matt Holliday slid home on a Jamey Carroll sacrifice fly to cap a three-run rally against Padres closer Trevor Hoffman for a 9-8, 13-inning victory that sent the Rockies into the postseason.

"I'm not sure either team would have thought they'd be where they are, but that's baseball for you," said Holliday. "This still could be a big series. As bad as both of us having been playing, we are not buried (in the NL West)."

But then, a division that in the winter was billed as the NL Best has become the NL Worst. Arizona is in first place with a .500 record (41-41), a level of mediocrity that the rest of the West can only strive to attain.

TIGERS 4, ROCKIES 3: RHP Matt Herges, who had retired the nine previous batters he faced, was greeted by a two-run Dane Sardinha triple with two out in the sixth that erased a 3-2 Rockies lead. SS Troy Tulowitzki put the Rockies up 3-2 with a two-run home run in the second, his first since April 23, and only his second of the season. Yorvit Torrealba singled in the Rockies first run, and scored on Tulowitzki's home run, and also singled in the fourth, extending his hitting streak to seven games.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 30, 2008

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