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.
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."
points out that the Phillies have beaten the Rockies in their past five series, including last year's National League Division Series.