Peaks & Valleys - August 2 - Rockies Sweep; Broncos Hurt By Injuries

We're already into the second day of August and we have teams traveling in different directions. The Rockies, who spent most of the last two weeks of July losing, completed their sweep of the Chicago Cubs Sunday afternoon. The Broncos, meanwhile, have already suffered two injuries to the roster. Which direction are these teams going in?

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The Rockies beat the Cubs but made their fans sweat during the last few innings. Jorge De La Rosa kept the Cubs in check for the first six innings, allowing only a run. However, the seventh inning started diminishing the Rockies' large margin of victory to a minuscule one. De La Rosa allowed two runs, though one scored when Manny Corpas relieved him. Corpas stayed in for the next inning and served up a homer to Alfonso Soriano. The Rockies aren't going to lose this one are they?

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Well, no, but it was a wild ride in the ninth inning. After Huston Street allowed a Marlon Byrd two-run triple, Alfonso Soriano stepped to the plate with a chance to tie the game. WHACK! It's going, it's going, it's going . . . Dexter Fowler caught the ball! Oooh! Wait, he went down on the ground and got carted off the field. We'll likely find out today if Fowler goes on the DL for a bruised hip and ribs.

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As for the Broncos, the team had its first official practice and, as you already saw in the Broncos' StoryStream and one of the Starting Lineup's links, two running backs are already down for a week or more. Ooph.

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So here we have the Rockies who are back on track after an extended losing streak and the Broncos who are starting camp with their top two running backs out for a couple of weeks. One team is righting the ship, the other is trying to find the ship. August is going to be a telling month for both teams.

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