Perhaps the tombstone will read: RIP 2020 Rockies, due to RISP.
The Rockies lost, again, Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field due in large part to their continued inability to produce with runners in scoring position. Oakland, riding a strong six-inning start by Mike Fiers and its nearly invincible bullpen, won 3-1. It manufactured offense when the Rockies could not.
Colorado was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, left eight men on base and squandered prime opportunities in the fourth and fifth innings. Oakland was even worse, 1-for-11 with RISP, but it scratched out three runs.
With 12 games left this season and with the powerful Dodgers coming into town Thursday to begin a four-game series, the Rockies are in desperate straits. They fell to 22-26 as their playoff chances continue to dwindle.
In the fourth, the Rockies had runners at the corners with one out after singles by Nolan Arenado and Josh Fuentes, but David Dahl struck out and Ryan McMahon grounded out.
In the fifth, Colorado got a leadoff double by Tony Wolters, but he was erased at third base trying to advance on Raimel Tapia’s grounder to first. Trevor Story singled advancing Tapia to second, but the potential rally fizzled when Fiers got Charlie Blackmon to pop out to third and coaxed a weak groundball back to the mound by Arenado.
Starter German Marquez pitched well enough for Colorado to win, allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings. He gave up six hits, struck out six and walked four.
Oakland’s two-run sixth inning was the difference-maker. Tommy La Stella led off with a single, scooted to third on Matt Olson’s double and scored on Mark Canha’s sacrifice fly.
The A’s took 1-0 lead in the third but the Rockies countered with their own run in the bottom of the frame on consecutive singles by Ryan McMahon, Tony Wolters and Raimel Tapia, whose blooper to shallow right was the Rockies’ only clutch hit.