Colorado Rockies: Blake Street Bombers Blow Lead, Game

David MartinAnalyst IMay 6, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 05:  Relief pitcher Huston Street #16 of the Colorado Rockies reacts after giving up a solo home run to Chris Young #24 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on May 5, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Huston Street blew his first save of the season on Thursday night.

With a 2-0 lead, Street gave up two solo home runs, allowing the Diamondbacks back into the game.

In the 11th inning, Justin Upton hit a high bloop single just inside the right field line, scoring Chris Young from second base and ending the game.

Blame will fall on the shoulders of Street, who's been perfect in converting saves, but not perfect in keeping runners off the bases.

Playing with fire usually ends in one result—eventually, he was going to be burned.

Make no mistake, Street has been phenomenal on the season. He's dealt with runners, but he's attacked the strike zone. He's pitched with confidence and he's been the same Huston Street who led the Rockies to the postseason in 2009.

That being said, he was due for a blown save.

The focus will be on Street, but the lackluster offense is the real reason for the loss.

The Rockies had one hit after the fourth inning. They stranded runners all over the bases, including failing to score a runner at third base with no outs—a cardinal sin in baseball.

In the top of the 11th inning, with a chance to win, the Rockies had Carlos Gonzalez at second base and Troy Tulowitzki at first, with no one out. Both of those runners stayed at their respective bases as the Rockies fouled out, struck out and struck out again in order to end the threat.

Is losing a series in Arizona the end of the world? No.

The Rockies still have a long season ahead of them. However, the last two series' have exposed a problem that was masked by winning in the early going.

The problem is that the offense can't get going.

In the season's first month, the Rockies were getting good situational hitting, but weren't hitting well overall. They're letting pitchers off the hook when they get themselves into trouble and relying too heavily on their bullpen to hold small leads.

Eventually, that house of cards had to come down.

The Rockies had to pay the price for their lack of production at some point, and over the last six days they did.

The next problem for the Rockies is that their schedule doesn't get any easier for them.

They struggled to get hits and score runs off Joe Saunders and Ian Kennedy—now they have the pleasure of facing Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, the latter of which is struggling in a big way, but still has the talent to suggest that he could get back on track at any point.

Lost in the anger of a blown save is the performance of Jason Hammel.

After working through traffic in the first two innings, Hammel settled in and showed how much depth the Rockies have in their rotation.

In seven innings, he gave up just four hits, no runs and struck out four Diamondbacks, while walking three. He has given up only two runs in his last 19-2/3 innings.

Without doubt, his performance deserved a win, but the offense's inability to score runs and the bullpen's inability to bring the game home meant otherwise.

The Rockies will need to find a way to win two of the three games in San Francisco, a place where they historically struggle, in order to salvage the road trip. 


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