DENVER -- On their 2-5 road trip that ended Wednesday and included stops in Texas, Cincinnati and Kansas City, the Rockies struck out 60 times. They had at least eight strikeouts in the final six games and 33 strikeouts in the last three contests, which were started by Homer Bailey of the Reds and James Shields and Jason Vargas of the Royals.
Manager Walt Weiss wasn't concerned by the number of strikeouts, calling them a "cyclical" event that will occur during the course of a long season.
"I think we ran into some tough pitching," Weiss said. "That's a part of it. But we just weren't as sharp offensively. We've been real good most of the year offensively, so I feel confident that it's not going to get away from us for too long. You're not going to score eight, nine runs in this league every night. It's impossible. So there's going to be times where we struggle offensively and good pitching can shut you down."
Jack Etkin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.