May 10, 2011
On Monday the Rockies returned to Coors Field after a 1-5 road trip looking to reverse the recent trend.
While the trend of ugly baseball didn't end, the final result did. The Rockies defeated the Mets 2-1, ending their four-game losing streak that has brought the club back to earth after a phenomenal April launched them to the top of the division standings.
Monday's hero was Chris Iannetta. The catcher went 2-for-3 at the plate with a hustle double to lead off the fifth inning, allowing him to score the Rockies' first run, and then a solo home run in the seventh inning that gave the Rockies the run that they would need to win.
The plate wasn't the only place where Iannetta was doing his work.
After Willie Harris singled off of Huston Street in the ninth inning with one out, Iannetta erased him as he tried to swipe second base and get into scoring position. Iannetta has made great strides defensively for the Rockies in 2011, especially in regards to throwing out runners.
Iannetta helped tip the scales in an ugly ballgame. Despite giving up just one unearned run in six innings, Jhoulys Chacin looked shaky at best. He limited damage, but had the bases loaded twice before wiggling out of sticky situations.
Chacin gave up just two hits, but he walked six Mets batters. In 107 total pitches for the 23-year-old, he threw only 55 for strikes.
It was definitely ugly, but the Rockies found a way to get it done. Good teams find ways to win games. That is what the Rockies were doing early in the season. However, recently the club seems to be finding new ways to lose.
The offense has to step up at some point. With all due respect to Mets starter Chris Capuano, the Rockies should be putting up five or six runs off of soft-throwing pitchers like him. The swagger will return at some point, and this week may be just the time for it to happen as Colorado faces two teams that are far from contenders in the Mets and the Padres.
The key for the Rockies during this struggling time is to keep their heads above water. If they are struggling at the plate, they must do the little things right to scratch out a few runs and give themselves a chance to win. At some point, the offense will break out and start hitting like they are capable of.
On Tuesday, the Rockies send Jason Hammel to the mound to face Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey has given the Rockies fits in the past, but they were able to get to him in New York in April. Hammel was robbed of a win in his previous start when Huston Street blew his one and only save of the season.
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