Fans will have to look back in wonder on this past week of scintillating play, if the Rox can keep it rollin’ all the way to a wilder card spot come September, and smile. An off-day today gives us all the time to breathe deep and take it all in again. Hosting our two division rivals (BSB poll currently says Giants, but I say D-backs) for a seven game homestretch and some NL West 1st place bragging rights at stake, you could feel that, although still very early in the season, this was a big week of must-win games for the Rockies.
The Rockies struggles against the Giants, especially in recent years, has been well-documented. And nothing feels worse than getting Snake-bitten. Additional anxiety over another brutal start to May, having lost all four series to open the month (vs. Rays, Yanks, Cards, Cubs) and nearly getting no-hit on two occasions, created even more pressure on the club and stress on the fans.
What’s more, the Rockies simply gave away the first game of this home stand to the Giants, blowing a six run lead after three innings, succumbing 8-6 in the end. Cargo summed it up, “Sometimes six runs is enough, but it was not enough tonight. Cain pitched terrible, but Chacin pitched even worse.” It marked Colorado’s tenth straight loss against San Francisco and you could tell it was getting into their heads. Weiss could only shake his while dejectedly repeating a simple mantra, seemingly to himself, “We got to play better. We got to win games.”