The Colorado Rockies continued their ignominious end to the 2011 regular season by dropping their seventh straight game at Coors Field, their final game at home. It was a 4-0 loss to the San Diego Padres. At 38-43, the Rockies tied their 2004 home record.
Aaron Cook (3-10, 6.03 ERA) likely made his last start for the Rockies. Outside of the first inning, he had pitched decently. He loaded the bases after the first three batters of the game and then allowed a Chase Headley sacrifice fly. The bases weren't unloaded for long, as Cook walked the next batter. What followed were a sacrifice fly and two singles, scoring three more runs. That was the offense for the game.
After Cook allowed a single in the third the Padres failed to put a runner on base until the seventh inning, two innings after Cook left the game.
Anthony Bass (2-0, 1.66 ERA) was on a limited pitch count, leaving after 52 pitches in five-plus innings. The Rockies had their best chance to score in the sixth inning. Bass walked Chris Iannetta to start the inning and then left the game. Eric Frieri saw Iannetta steal second base before striking out Thomas Field. Eric Young Jr. singled and then stole second, putting both runners in scoring position. Unfortunately for the Rockies, Mark Ellis and Dexter Fowler went down to end the inning.
The Rockies challenged again in the ninth inning when Young and Fowler each singled, but Ty Wigginton and Seth Smith struck out to end the game.
The Rockies (70-85, 38-43 home) are on the road for the final seven games of the season. They will face the Astros in a four-game series that starts on Thursday.
The Colorado Rockies play their final game at Coors Field in 2011 and they will be looking to end a six-game losing streak there. This is one season the Rockies will want to forget about, especially at home. They guaranteed a losing record at home after Monday's loss and have been nearly no-hit over in the last two games.
Anthony Bass (1-0, 1.88 ERA) is making just his second career start, spending his time exclusively out of the bullpen. That first start was his major league debut against the Rockies at Coors Field on June 13. Despite walking four batters, Bass allowed just one run on five hits in five innings. He has walked 18 batters in 38-1/3 innings, though most of those came in his first four appearances.
Aaron Cook (3-9, 5.97 ERA) is likely making his last start for the Colorado Rockies. They've been paying him a salary not commensurate with his performance on the mound. He left the rotation in early September to make room for Drew Pomeranz. This start is way to thank Cook for all that he has done for the team, one of the longest-tenured Rockies.
With two men on and one run in after a Jordan Pacheco RBI single, rookie catcher Wilin Rosario stepped to the plate with a chance to tie the game. But closer Heath Bell struck him out for his 40th save of the season. The Colorado Rockies fell to the San Diego Padres, 2-1, and have lost six straight games at Coors Field.
Mat Latos (8-14, 3.60 ERA) enjoyed his finest start of the season, pitching a shutout until he allowed Pacheco's RBI single in the ninth inning. He held the Rockies to just one hit during the first half of the game, but left with six on the board. He struck out nine Rockies.
Jhoulys Chacin (11-13, 3.66 ERA) had a good start, allowing two runs on an Orlando Hudson RBI single in the first inning and a Jeremy Hermida double in the sixth. The bullpen of Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers and Rafael Betancourt combined to strike out five over the last three innings. Betancourt used just 10 pitches to strike out the side in the top of the ninth.
The Rockies (70-84, 38-42 home) close out their home schedule with Aaron Cook on the mound Wednesday afternoon.
The Rockies are going gently into that good night, just as Dylan Thomas warned not to do. Over their last five games, all at home, the Rockies have each contest. The first four came at the hands of the San Francisco Giants and the next came on Monday against the San Diego Padres. Cory Luebke was throwing a no-hitter against the Rockies until the sixth inning when Mark Ellis hit a home run. But that was the only Rockies hit of the night.
The Rockies will need to get through Mat Latos (7-14, 3.73 ERA) on Tuesday night. Latos has just three runs of support in his previous two starts, going 0-1 over that span. For the month of September, Latos has pitched seven innings and struck out eight in his three starts. The month began with a 7-2 victory over the Rockies in San Diego. Amazingly, the Padres scored seven runs.
Jhoulys Chacin (11-12, 3.73 ERA) didn't have it in his last start, allowing seven runs in 5-2/3 innings to the Giants. Four walks and errors by Thomas Field and Jordan Pacheco contributed to the Giants' high offensive output.
The Colorado Rockies will finish with a below-.500 record at Coors Field this season after Monday' 8-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. Just as 2011 as has gone the last several weeks, the Rockies looked inept out there while playing in their 41st home loss.
Cory Luebke (6-9, 3.23 ERA) allowed his only hit of the game in the sixth inning when Mark Ellis hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Eric Young Jr. had reached base two batters earlier. Luebke struck out nine over seven innings. Ernesto Frieri struck out three Rockies over the final two innings of the game.
Kevin Millwood (3-3, 4.56 ERA) had his shortest and worst outing as a Rockie. The first three runs scored on singles in the second and things innings, but in the fourth Aaron Cunningham hit a two-run home run to make the game 5-0 in favor of the Padres. Cameron Maybin then followed in the dame inning with his own two-run home run. Jason Bartlett's sacrifice fly made it 8-0 in favor of the Padres.
The Rockies (70-83, 38-41 home) have two more home games left. Jhoulys Chacin and Mat Latos take the mound on Tuesday evening.