Ubaldo Jimenez—the Colorado Rockies’ ace and the National League’s early front-runner for the Cy Young Award, which is bestowed upon the league’s best pitcher—held the Los Angeles Dodgers to two hits on Sunday, and gave up just one run. It was a pretty solid outing, but it ended up in a 2-0 loss.
The Denver Post points out in a game recap that a frustrating lack of offense kept the Rockies off the board the whole game, sealing a second-straight road series loss for Colorado.
Purple Row says the formula has been set for how to beat Jimenez: Pitch a shutout. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw smothered the Rockies all day, holding the team to two infield hits. This marks the eighth-consecutive series loss against the Dodgers, and gives the Rockies a 4-5 record on a tough West Coast road trip.
A second, and potentially more troubling, loss came in the middle of the fifth inning when shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the game with a strained right quadriceps. The Denver Post blogged that the injury may not be that serious, but could keep Tulo out of some games.
For a team already ravaged by injuries, it couldn’t come at a more inopportune time, as the defending league champs, the Philadelphia Phillies, are coming to town today to begin a three-game set at Coors Field. Among the Phillies pitchers Colorado could face is Roy Halladay, one of baseball’s best and a Denver-area native, who would be making his first-ever start at Coors Field.
“I’ve been gone so long that now it’s a normal road trip, which is good–less distractions,” Halladay tells the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I need a lot of extra tickets. I still go out (to Colorado) quite a bit, so it’s not like I’m never there.”
CBS Sports points out that the Phillies have beaten the Rockies in their past five series, including last year’s National League Division Series.