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Peaks & Valleys - August 20 - Rockies Escape From Los Angeles

The Rockies are nothing if not maddeningly inconsistent. How many times can I mention that the Rockies have alternated wins and losses since the start of August? But it's true: the Rockies have done it. Last night's shutout loss to the Dodgers was tough to take. Ted Lilly threw a two-hit complete game shutout and struck out 11 Rockies. It was Lilly's first shutout since 2004, a time when he was with the Blue Jays. Oh well. On the bright side, Jorge De La Rosa was pretty good out there, minus the two-run homer to Reed Johnson. But on a night when the Rockies offense was sucked into a black hole, it was a costly two-run mistake.

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The Rockies head into the snake den this weekend for a three-game series against the Diamondbacks on the road. If the Rockies continue the pattern, the team should win this series two games to one.

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As learned yesterday, the Broncos extended quarterback Kyle Orton's contract into 2011. Over last season and the early part of preseason this year, Orton has proven that he's the real deal at quarterback for the Broncos. Unless Orton falls apart during the actual season, there's no reason to believe that we'll have a QB controversy entering the 2011 season. Tim Tebow's time is in the future, if ever.