Logan, Rockies lament missed chance
DENVER -- Gameday recorded the pitch from Rockies lefty reliever Boone Logan that Adeiny Hechavarria swatted over the center-field wall in the 10th to give the Marlins a 3-2 victory on Sunday as a slider.
"If that's what you want to call it. ... It didn't even have depth, it just went kind of side to side, one of the worst sliders I've ever thrown," Logan said.
For the second time in less than a week, the Rockies find themselves having to bounce back from a final-inning homer. The grand slam by the Dodgers' Alex Guerrero off Rafael Betancourt in the ninth inning Tuesday and Sunday's Hechavarria homer are chief reasons the Rockies are 3-4 on a homestand that concludes with a three-game set starting Monday against the Majors' best team this season, the Cardinals.
Much about the club signals a hot streak. On Sunday, right-hander Kyle Kendrick overcame his struggles and held the Marlins to two runs in seven innings -- the team's ninth quality start in the last 15 games. Carlos Gonzalez homered for the second straight day, Troy Tulowitzki singled and doubled, and both of the big hitters can say they're on the upswing.
"We've got to get them all going at the same time," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Yesterday we played real well offensively. Today, we didn't play very well offensively."
But the Rockies dropped to 11-17 at home, where they must play better to push above .500 and make their aspirations to contend realistic.
"In a game like today, in my career here, we probably won 80 percent of those games, and this year it seems like it's half of them or something like that," Tulowitzki said.
High-scoring offense usually goes with winning at home, but that hasn't happened consistently. On Sunday, Marlins 23-year-old rookie right-hander Jose Urena struck out four and held the Rockies to three hits and one run in six innings. Kendrick gave up two first-inning runs on Marcell Ozuna's single past a middle-shifted Tulowitzki, but held the Marlins to two baserunners the rest of his time in the game.
"I'd faced these guys a lot, so I kind of stuck to my game plan," said Kendrick, who went 14-3 against the Marlins for the Phillies before signing with the Rockies during the winter.
However, it wasn't until Gonzalez's seventh-inning homer off Carter Capps that the Rockies were able to tie the game at 2.
"I was extremely excited when I hit the home run because we haven't scored a lot of runs lately when he [Kendrick] is pitching, but we had a good opponent -- a guy we had never faced before who threw really well," Gonzalez said.
The Rockies never found the big hit.
Gonzalez drew a walk to load the bases with one out in the fourth, but the only run scored on Nolan Arenado's sacrifice fly.
After Gonzalez's homer in the seventh, Capps walked Arenado and hit Wilin Rosario. Weiss called a Nick Hundley bunt, but it backfired when Capps threw to third and Arenado was called out -- after a Marlins replay challenge.
Tulowitzki doubled with two down in the eighth but Marlins lefty Mike Dunn broke Gonzalez's bat on a groundout.
"We've been inconsistent at home," Weiss said. "We need to be a lot better at home."