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Is the Wild Race Over?

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The Colorado Rockies have picked a hell of a time to hit their biggest losing streak of the season. The team lost 9-5 to the San Francisco Giants yesterday, squandering their four-game wild-card cushion against their division rivals (via The Denver Post). The loss capped the Giants’ sweep of the Rockies, who were coming off two tough losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.

Purple Row thinks it’s payback for the dramatic fashion in which the Rox beat the Giants last week. It was just last Monday, after all, when outfielder Ryan Spilborghs cracked a walk-off, 14th-inning grand slam to beat the Giants and put them squarely in the Rockies’ wild-card rearview mirror. The Rockies headed into the series against the Dodgers with a chance to tie for the division lead, which would have marked the greatest comeback in baseball history.

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Fast forward a week, and we’re tied with San Francisco for the wild card (look at the standings from MLB.com and weep). To make matters worse, Randy “the Big Unit” Johnson thinks he’ll be pitching for the Giants again this season, despite straining his throwing shoulder in early July (via Fox Sports). Clearly, things aren’t going to get any easier for the Rockies, so let’s hope they can refocus and get back to their winning ways with a home stand this week against the New York Mets.

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