If the Colorado Rockies want to avoid another sweep at Shea Stadium, they’ll need to jump-start a struggling offense.
The Rockies hope for a better day at the plate Wednesday when they wrap up their three-game set with the New York Mets.
Colorado (8-13) has scored just one run in each of its last two games and four of its last six. The Rockies also have failed to go deep in a franchise-record seven straight games and are last the majors with just seven homers—half as many as the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez.
The Rockies have dropped five of their last six games, including Tuesday’s 2-1 loss in 12 innings. Colorado has lost 15 of its last 16 games at Shea and has been swept in three of their last four series there.
“We’ve got to find a way. We need to get a win and get out of here and regroup when we get home a little bit,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
The Rockies managed only six hits in Tuesday’s loss and did not score until rookie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s RBI triple in the 10th drove in Willy Taveras. Tulowitzki, a highly touted prospect, had been benched for the previous three games and is hitting .197 with three extra-base hits and five RBIs.
“It’s a big swing for him,” Hurdle said. “It’s a boost of confidence that he could use.”
Pinch-hitter Damion Easley hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the 10th for New York (13-6), and Endy Chavez drove in the winning run with a perfectly placed bunt single. The Mets, who have won six of their last eight games, remained a half-game ahead of Atlanta in the NL East.
“This team is designed to have a lot of depth,” Mets right fielder Shawn Green said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can do a lot of different things, and tonight was a perfect example.”
Third baseman David Wright singled in the second inning to end an 0-for-15 slide that included eight strikeouts, and finished 2-for-4 with a walk.
Rookie starter Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 5.06 ERA) will look to lead New York to its first series sweep this season. He gave up four runs in five innings of Friday’s 7-3 loss to Atlanta in his second start this season and the sixth of his career.
“I thought the secondary stuff was OK,” said Pelfrey, who will make his first start against the Rockies. “The fastball command was kind of off.”
Colorado will counter with Josh Fogg (0-1, 6.61), who was pounded for eight runs and 11 hits in three innings of Friday’s 11-1 loss to San Diego. Fogg, had allowed just five runs in 13 1-3 total innings in his first three outings of the season, including two starts.
“I didn’t make any good pitches,” he told the Rockies’ official Web site. “It seemed like I was behind in the count all night and had guys on base all night. That’s a bad recipe for a starting pitcher, or for any pitcher. The results prove that it was a pretty pitiful game.”
In five career starts against the Mets, Fogg is 0-3 with a 6.58 ERA. He lasted just 1 1-3 innings in his last start against them on Aug. 30, giving up eight runs in an 11-3 home loss.
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