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Peaks & Valleys - July 26 - Rockies Close Out Road Trip

Road trips are hell. The Rockies have known this first-hand as they wrap up a road trip today.

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Peaks

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-Dan Haren left the NL West after the Diamondbacks traded him to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for lefty Joe Saunders, two prospects, and a player to be named later. Supposedly the PTBNL is Tyler Skaggs, the 40th overall pick in the 2009 draft. That's an underwhelming return for a legitimate ace . Thank you D'Backs for making this move.

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Valleys

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-Three and five. The former is how many consecutive games the Rockies have dropped to the Phillies, the latter how many dropped overall.

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-From Purple Row's recap:

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The Rockies stranded 12 runners on the day, going 1-for-9 with RISP, and that hit did not result in a run. Five of the 7 RISP outs by Rockies position players ended in a strikeout. You are not giving yourself a chance with performances like that.

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-Ian Stewart had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth . . . and then struck out looking. It was an all too familiar image.

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-The Colorado Rapids fell to the Seattle Sounders FC last night. The game's start was exciting as the teams combined to score three goals; however, that didn't last and the Rapids came out on the wrong end, losing 2-1.

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On Tap For Today

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-The Rockies finish their road trip with one final game against the Phillies today at 11:05 a.m. MT. Jason Hammel faces Joe Blanton. May the Rockies escape Philly with a win!