Hitting not to blame for Rockies' recent slide

Hitting not to blame for Rockies' recent slide

Hitting not to blame for Rockies' recent slide
CINCINNATI -- The Rockies erupted for eight runs in a road win against Miami on Wednesday -- ending a six-game losing streak in the process -- but Colorado manager Jim Tracy said the offense hasn't been the problem in recent weeks; the pitching has.

"We scored 18 runs in three games against Miami," Tracy said. "A lot of things get said about what we don't get done offensively on the road. Well, we scored plenty of runs. It's about our starting pitching and their ability to compete and keep us in games."

The Rockies allowed at least seven runs four times during the six-game slide, and their 5.12 team ERA was ranked last in the National League and second-to-last in the Majors, heading into Friday. Only Minnesota (5.38) was allowing earned runs at a higher clip, and the Rockies and Twins were the only teams in baseball sporting a team ERA higher than 4.64. The Rockies were also the only team in baseball without a shutout.

"What we got on Wednesday night was a very competitive effort from Alex White [four runs on eight hits in six innings]," Tracy said. "The other thing we got was a couple of shut-down innings after [Troy Tulowitzki's three-run homer in the fifth inning]. If we're able to pitch and do some things offensively that I think we're capable of doing, there's a very positive outlook that a lot of things could get turned around."