The Colorado Rockies (22-15) hit a bump in the road Thursday night, collecting just five hits while failing to sweep the Texas Rangers in a four-game set. Colorado look tired and uninterested in the game to say the least.
The Rangers jumped on Rockies starter Franklin Morales in the second inning as Leonys Martin would hit an RBI single to right, plating Alex Rios who doubled earlier in the inning. After Morales struck shortstop Elvis Andrus out swinging, Martin would steal third as Michael McKenry‘s throw would sail into left field, allowing Martin to score giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
Then the only bright spot of the night happened in the top half of the fourth inning. Nolan Arenado would collect a base hit to center field, extending his hitting streak to 28-games which is a club record. He would surpass teammate Michael Cuddyer‘s 27-game hit streak that happened last season.
Texas would strike once again in the bottom half of the sixth as Prince Fielder looks like he’s finally heating up. The first baseman would crush a solo home run to right that trailed an estimated 427 feet. Speaking of first baseman, Rockies Justin Morneau was scratched before the game with a stiff neck.
The Rockies looked to have had their first run of the ballgame in the seventh inning after Charlie Blackmon hit a pop-fly to right; but Mike McKenry who was on third base was called out by the home plate umpire in a bang-bang play.
Texas would add a couple more runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning as Michael Choice collected an RBI single to center while Shin-Soo Choo scored on a wild pitch from Rockies reliever Tommy Kahnle.
Notable Rockies Hitters:
- Nolan Arenado: 1-for-4 (28-game hitting streak)
- Carlos Gonzalez: 1-for-4 (10-game hitting streak)
- Brandon Barnes: 1-for-4, 2B.
- Franklin Morales (L, 3-2): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO. 94 pitches, 55 strikes.
- Tommy Kahnle: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 SO.
The Colorado Rockies (22-15) fell to the Texas Rangers, 5-0. Rockies take three out of four from Texas as they stay on the road and take on the Cincinnati Reds in a three-game set. Jhoulys Chacin will make his 2nd start of the season tomorrow up against Reds Johnny Cueto (3-2, 1.31 ERA). First-pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET, 5:10 PM MT.