Denver - The Rockies are two wins away from their 1,000th win at home. They've been two wins away from the feat since April, 22. Once again they were defeated tonight at Coors Field 5-1, extending their home losing streak to seven games, the longest since 1993.
Walt Weiss wasn't quite sure what the reason has been for the team's struggles at home, stating before the game, "there's nothing we can put our finger on." Well, he better figure it out. The formerly First Place Rockies entered their homestand in good position having taken six-of-ten on the road. Now they are battling to stay out of the cellar.
Chris Rusin failed to have a clean inning tonight but up until the sixth inning, there had been no damage done by the Diamondbacks. In the sixth, a single, an intentional walk, a double, a single and a single plated four and that's all Arizona would need. They tacked on a solo shot from Paul Goldschmidt in the seventh to extend the lead 5-0.
The Rockies offense was abysmal, only reaching second base two times, until the eighth when a leadoff walk by Tony Wolters sparked the club. Wolters, the only Rockie to reach base twice tonight, was moved up by a Mark Reynolds single then came around on a wild pitch.
The inning where Arizona finally capitalized, then they poured it on.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ruby De La Rosa
The Arizona starter went seven-and-a-third inning, allowing only four hits and one walk. He struck out six and made quick work of the Rockies throwing 67 of his 96 pitches for strikes. This resulted in a gamescore of 71. RDLR gave the Rockies not but a chance on Tuesday night.
BY THE NUMBERS:
.286 - The Rockies winning percentage at home in 2016
7 - The Rockies have lost seven straight at home
0-8 The Rockies went zero-for-eight with runners in scoring position
4/22 - The last time the Rockies won a home game
The Rockies continue a six-game stretch at home and will play the finale of a three game set against Arizona on Wednesday. Chad Bettis will get the ball and face Robbie Ray for a 1:10 start.