Rockies fall as bullpen, offense again stumble

Starting pitcher Ryan Castellani struggled through 5 1/3 innings Sunday, but somehow allowed only one unearned run and left with the Rockies leading 3-1. Unfortunately Colorado wouldn’t score again, while the Angels rallied for a 5-3 victory at Coors Field.

Castellani allowed just one hit, but walked six and hit a batter over the course of 96 pitches. In all the Rockies walked 10 batters as they lost the three-game series against Los Angeles.

Had the offense managed more than three runs the bullpen’s inability to keep the Angels bats in checked might not have mattered. Instead Colorado is now 21-25 on the season and dropping further behind the Giants (23-24) in the race for the final Wild Card playoff spot.

“We’ve talked about it all season. We need the big hit with runners in scoring position. We’ve got to break through, keep the line moving and string hits together, more than just a couple — and (we) can’t rely on one grand slam.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said of his offense’s inability to come through when it mattered most on Sunday.

Pujols makes history

On the other side of the diamond Sunday was one of the all-time greats adding another achievement to list of accomplishments. Albert Pujols hit his 660th career home run, tying Willie Mays for fifth on the all-time home runs list.

The two-run homer off Colorado’s Carlos Estévez in the eight inning put the Angels ahead for good.

“For it to be the game winner on top of all that, it was kind of like a perfect moment for him. And for us. We’re still not out of this thing, mathematically, and to get a big knock like that, it could help get our spirits (up) for the next couple days.”

Angels manager Joe Maddon said after the game.

Highlights: Angels 5, Rockies 3

Extra bases

  • Colorado’s Nolan Arenado didn’t play Sunday as he continues to deal with soreness in his left shoulder.
    “It’s something that I’ve had for some time, and I’ve tried to play through it,” Arenado said before the game. “It’s flared up sometimes, then gone down. It’s flaring up again. Trainers are helping me through it, but it’s frustrating.”
  • Outfielder Raimel Tapia was replaced by David Dahl in the fifth inning after suffering from dizziness after hitting his head on a diving catch earlier in the game.
  • The Rockies are off today before opening a two-game series against Oakland at Coors Field on Tuesday. Righty Antonio Senzatela (3-2, 3.69 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener for Colorado.
  • The Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders made a to-do list for the Rockies to check off in order to make the playoffs this season.
  • While this weekend’s Nick Groke answered readers questions.
  • In other MLB news on Sunday Cubs right-hander Alex Mills no-hit the Brewers in a 12-0 Chicago win.

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Rockies fall again, but trade for O’s reliever Givens

On Sunday the Rockies got hammered by the Padres 13-2 in the third game of the teams’ four-game series at Coors Field. Before the game Colorado made what could prove to be a fairly major move by trading for Baltimore right-handed reliever Mychal Givens.

Givens, who primarily uses a fastball that sits in the upper 90s and a hard slider, has been stellar as a setup man for the Orioles this season. He currently sports a 1.38 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 13 innings of work.

“He’s a proven big league relief pitcher who will definitely help us. We’re excited to have him. I know the guys in the clubhouse were excited to see the name. He’s a good one. We’ll use him in the back end of the game to help us win. He’s done that in the past.”

Rockies manager Bud Black said of Givens.

Whether Givens steps into the Rockies’ closer role remains to be seen, but Colorado clearly needs help in its bullpen. Wade Davis (shoulder strain) and Scott Oberg (blood clots) were projected to be Colorado’s closer and setup man to start the season and both are on the IL, with Oberg being out for the season.

The rest of Rockies pen has been fairly shaky aside from the surprise emergence of Daniel Bard.

“This isn’t the first time that we’ve actually asked on Mychal Givens over the past few years. What he has done in the past fits into our later innings. There’s a lot of experience there, a lot of production.

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said of acquiring Givens.

As for whether Colorado will make any more moves before today’s trade deadline Bridich had this to say:

“We certainly have other conversations that are somewhat ongoing. We may or may not be done, I’m not sure. There’s typically a lot of action on the last day of the Deadline.”

Sunday, not fun-day for Rockies

As for the game on Sunday, things started poorly and didn’t get any better for the Rockies. Starting pitcher Ryan Castellani gave up five runnings in just two innings of work and all four relievers who followed gave up at least one run in the loss to San Diego.

As for Colorado’s offense the only real positive came from Nolan Arenado going 2-for-3 with a double and run scored in the loss. Arenado’s average is up to .268 as he continues to try and work his way out of a season-long slump.

Series finale tonight

The Rockies and Padres finish off their four-game series at Coors Field tonight on a game that will be televised on ESPN, only available out-of-market unfortunately, and AT&T Sports Net. Germán Márquez (2-4, 4.50 ERA) will get the start for the Rockies against San Diego’s Garrett Richards (1-2, 5.17 ERA).

Padres continue to load up

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“Urgency is at an all-time high. We have to find a way to win series and find a way to sneak in.”

Arenado said.

It’s always hard to tell tone, but it sounds almost desperate from the Rockies star.

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Castellani’s first career win ends Rockies skid

Rockies rookie Ryan Castellani threw six innings, allowing just two runs on three hits as Colorado beat Arizona 3-2 on Monday night to end the Rockies’ seven-game losing streak.

The win was the first of Castellani’s career and it was fitting that it was at Arizona’s Chase Field, just five minutes from his high school. Castellani still lives in Arizona and his wife and young son were watching the game from the family’s Scottsdale home.

“I grew up going to these games here. I’ve sat everywhere in the stadium, and now for things to come full circle and be on the mound to get my first win here is just amazing.”

Castellani said after his first major league win.

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Avs looking to take 2-0 series lead


The Colorado Avalanche will look to take a 2-0 series lead today against Arizona in the teams’ first-round playoff series. The Avs won Game 1 3-0 after scoring three goals in a span of 1:23 in the third period.

It’s a quick turnaround then as Game 3 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Game 1Colorado 3, Arizona 0Box score
Game 2Colorado 3, Arizona 2Box score
Game 3Arizona 4, Colorado 2Box score
Game 4Colorado 7, Arizona 1Box score
Game 5Colorado 7, Arizona 1Box score
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DateTime (MT)Channels
Mon., Aug. 1711:30 a.m.ESPN, Altitude
Wed., Aug. 192 p.m.TNT, Altitude
Fri., Aug. 212 p.m.TNT, Altitude
Sun., Aug. 237 p.m.TNT, Altitude
*Tue., Aug. 25TBDTBD, Altitude
*Thur., Aug. 27TBDTBD, Altitude
Sat., Aug. 29TBDTBD, Altitude
*If necessary, all games played on neutral court in Orlando


The Rockies will look to end their two-game losing streak as they welcome in the Rangers for a three-game series starting tonight (6:40 p.m., AT&T Sports Net, 850 AM) at Coors Field.

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The Denver Post’s Kyle Newman wrote about how two years spent in Double-A working and refining his craft paved the way for Castellani to reach the majors.

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