In a game that never should have taken place yesterday, the jet lagged Bucs were defeated 11-5 by the Rockies. This game was a makeup game from the April 28 snowout game that the Rockies decided to reschedule and sandwich the game between the Pirates nine-game homestand. MLB approved it in what was a questionable decision.
Jeff Locke flew out by himself to spent an extra day in Denver, but that didn’t seem to matter as he was hit early and often by the Rockies and on a day where the bullpen was taxed and needed saving, Locke was stuck to grin and bear it. He did so to the tune of 11 earned runs in 4.2 innings when it was all said in done. Locke’s horrid outing blew all the work he had done so far this season in posting a respectable ERA as it shot up to 5.38 after this one.
This game looked like it would be a wild one when David Freese belted a three-run blast, his fifth homer of the season, in the 3rd inning to make it 6-5, but that would be all the offense the Bucs would muster in this one. The Rockies bullpen led by four innings from Jorge De La Rosa, shut the Pirates bats down for the last six innings.
It’ll be nice to not see Coors Field the rest of the season. The Pirates return home tonight to continue their homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals.