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Peaks & Valleys - July 18 - Rockies Lose Second Straight Game

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Not a good night for the Rockies or the Rapids, though the latter didn't lose. The Rockies, well, Purple Row's Jeff Aberle summed up last night's game quite well: Yuck.

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Peaks

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-Jhoulys Chacin wants back in the rotation. Chacin relieved Jorge De La Rosa in the fourth inning and held the Reds to a run (a homer in the fifth) in 2 2/3 innings. Also, he struck out four. Jeff Francis, watch your back.

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Level Ground

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-The Rapids had a draw with the Kansas City Wizards last night, as Chris White covered. A win isn't as good as a draw, but a point is a point.

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Valleys

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-Jorge De La Rosa and his seven runs allowed in 3 1/3 innings. We could excuse De La Rosa in his first outing, but now a second bad outing in a row will start the questioning: "Is DLR any good?" "He was lucky, but he shouldn't be in the rotation too much longer." Of course, that's a bit reactionary. Let's wait another start or two before yanking him. There'll still be a few days until the trade deadline after those two starts.

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-Four hits for the Rockies last night. Two in the first, one in the second, and then nothing until the eighth. The Rockies made Edinson Volquez look like a pitcher who wasn't coming back from Tommy John surgery. Volquez struck out nine Rockies.