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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2008-07-29


Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2008-07-29
On a night when the Rockies needed their unsung heroes to hit a high note, the bullpen fell flat.

After a hold-your-breath started by Valerio De Los Santos ended when he walked the first two batters in the fifth, the bullpen was unable to protect the 3-0 lead he somehow turned over.

Jason Grilli saw that lead turned into a 4-3 deficit before he could get out of the fifth. The Pirates added three more runs off Luis Vizcaino in the sixth and another off Matt Herges in the eighth and handed the Rockies their second loss in 11 games since the All-Star break.

"I have a job I'm supposed to do and I didn't," said Grilli.

Grilli allowed two inherited runners plus two of his own to score in the fifth. Luis Vizcaino's seven-appearance scoreless streak ended with a three-run Pirates sixth that included Nate McLouth one-hopping a home run into the Allegheny River behind the right-field fence, the 23rd ball to land in the water. And Herges allowed a run in the eighth, his ninth run in his last 6 2/3 innings.

"There is nothing I can do to change it," said Grilli. "I have to come back the next time and redeem myself."

Grilli has not had to redeem himself for much since the Rockies acquired him from Detroit, but that doesn't make it any easier for him to deal with coming into Monday's game, promptly walking Jack Wilson to load the bases, and then giving up a two-run double to Ryan Doumit, a game-tying single to Doug Mientkiewicz and a go-ahead sacrifice fly to Steve Pearce. It was only the third time he had given up a run in his last 20 appearances.

"There's no excuse for it," said Grilli. "It was not a good night."

It was only the third time in 11 games since the break the Rockies bullpen was scored upon. The relievers also gave up eight runs in an 18-10 loss to the Dodgers on July 20 at Coors Field.

PIRATES 8, ROCKIES 4: The Rockies, limited to eight hits Monday, ended their streak of double-digit hit totals at eight games. It was the longest streak of double-digit hit games by an NL team since the Rockies had nine in a row in April 1998. Arizona (1999), St. Louis (2004) and Houston (2007) also had eight-game streaks, according to the Elias News Bureau. The Rockies' only two losses in 11 games since the All-Star break have been on Mondays. LHP Valerio De Los Santos left with a 3-0 lead but departed after walking the first two batters in the fifth. He walked six and threw only 39 strikes among 82 pitches.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 29, 2008

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