Saturday Recap: Road Woes Add Another Striking Blow to Fading Rockies

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The Rockies have fallen back to .500, and into a tie for second place in the NL West with the D-backs. So much for that strong recovery from a 3-12 start. The Rockies had climbed six games above .500 at 40-34 with a win at Arizona on June 30. Since then? Well, with their loss at Arizona on Saturday night they are now 4-10. And it has been a team effort. They have a 5.11 ERA and have hit only .238 in the 14 games. They are 2-6 on the road with the final pre-All-Star Break game on Sunday at Arizona.

At the Plate

The Rockies have been challenged just making contact on the road. They have struck out 12 or more times in a game 16 times this year -- 12 on the road, including 12 times on Saturday night after striking out 13 times in Friday's 8-0 loss.

On the Mound

Arizona lefthander Robbie Ray had seen the D-backs lose his four previous starts, in which he allowed 15 runs in 20 1/3 innings. He, however, had no problems against the Rockies, limiting them to two hits and one run in six innings. It was only his second win in his last six starts against the Rockies, against whom he is now 5-5 in 16 career starts. The D-backs are 6-10 in those games.

FYI

But then the Rockies were on the road, where they are once again scuffling. The have an NL-low .222 road batting average, and have scored only 192 runs in 45 games. Only two other NL teams have scored fewer than 200 road runs -- the Marlins (157) and the Reds (164). The only teams with fewer road home runs than the Rockies 48 are the Marlins (39), and Phillies (47),

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