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Peaks & Valleys - July 17 - Baseball's Back

The Rockies started the second half of the season with less than desired results. Let's take a quick look at what happened last night.

Peaks

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-Jason Hammel threw a quality start by allowing three runs in seven innings. He also struck out 10 Reds. Seventy of his 100 pitches went for strikes. This loss isn't on him, but the top of the Reds lineup did combine for six of the team' eight hits off him.

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-The offense still scores runs late in the game, evidenced by Jason Giambi's RBI double in the seventh and Miguel Olivo's homer in the eighth.

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-Troy Tulowitzki participated in batting practice and had no pain in his left wrist. A rehab assignment could start in a week.

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Valleys

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-In the eighth inning, All-Star reliever Arthur Rhodes entered the game after Bronson Arroyo walked a batter and gave up a single. Rhodes walked the first batter he faced. Then he proceeded to get three straight outs to end the inning without allowing a run. Guess that's why he's an All-Star.

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-According to Rox Girl at Purple Row:

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So the short summary of this game would be that the Rockies tonight didn't look like a playoff team should, letting the steamy Cincinnati weather sap the spark they had a week ago at Coors Field.

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On Tap For Today

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-The Rockies send out Jorge De La Rosa to the mound to face the Reds' Edinson Volquez who makes his long-awaited return from Tommy John surgery. Game time ins 5:10 p.m. MT.

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-Brad Hawpe will make his first start at first base tonight.

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-The Colorado Rapids host the Kansas City Wizards at 7 p.m. ET.