It was another rough night at the office for the Colorado Rockies who continue to plummet out of Wild Card contention, dropping the series opener to the Washington Nationals 8-5.
In Jeff Hoffman's second MLB start he achieved his first quality start, lasting six innings (two more than his first outing) and giving up just three earned runs.
In the top of the first, noted Rockie-killer Jayson Werth took Hoffman deep on a hanging 0-2 curveball. The Nationals got an unearned run in the third when the speedy Trea Turner forced a throwing error from shortstop Cristhian Adames and moved to second before advancing to third on a botched pickoff attempt from Hoffman himself.
Turner came in on a sacrifice ground out which was a karmic sting, knowing he would not have scored if the Rockies could have avoided just one of the two errors they committed allowing him to move up.
Hoffman loaded the bases before recording an out in the fourth but induced a double play from Jose Lobaton and popped out Gio Gonzalez to end the threat with only one run scoring.
The final run against Hoffman came in the fifth on a solo home run from Daniel Murphy who is having a career year. It was his 25th of the season.
The wheels came off the wagon for the Rockies after their starter left the game which has become as predictable as random PokemonGo references in the middle of game recaps where they don't obviously belong.
Matt Carisiti was tagged for four -- count 'em, four -- runs in his inning of work on four hits. At least there was a certain symmetry to his evening.
Nick Hundley, who had driven in a run earlier in the game and was responsible for the only runs in the game that came in on hits for the Rockies, made the game close(ish) with a three-run jack in the top of the ninth.
It was his seventh home run of the year and part of a three-hit day for Hundley.
Ryan Raburn and David Dahl were responsible for the only other three-hit in the game for the Rockies who never really felt close in the 8-5 loss.
By the Numbers
4 - The Rockies are now on a four-game losing streak
3 - David Dahl has failed to record a hit in only three games in which he has played. He has played in a total of 29. The average now sits at .319.
10 - The Rockies struck out ten times in this game.
1 - Jeff Hoffman now has one quality start in his career.
The lasting impact of this game is that the Rockies are running out of games that have an impact of any kind. On this season, at least.
The Rockies look to even the series tomorrow ... morning? Game 2 kicks off (except this isn't football) tomorrow at 11:05 MST. Watch the game with an early lunch or a late breakfast. Jorge De La Rosa will take on A.J. Cole.