First Inning Nightmare Haunts Rockies, Tyler Anderson

Tyler Anderson had struggled in his first start this season -- giving up seven runs at Arizona in the second game of the season, back on March 30. In his next 21 starts, he was in command. He won seven of 10 decisions, and compiled a 3.25 ERA. And on the road, he was 4-0 in 10 starts with a 2.79 ERA, the Rockies winning seven of those 10 games.

And then came Saturday night in Milwaukee. Anderson suffered through arguably the worst start of his career. He was charged with seven runs in four innings of the Rockies 8-4 loss to the Brewers. More than that, he gave up six runs in the first inning alone.

Now, it wasn't a record-setting moment.

It was the 20th time in franchise history that a Rockies starting pitcher gave up six or more runs in the first inning of a game, the first time since Juan Nicasio was charged with seven runs in the first inning of a June 10. 2014 start against the Braves. Anderson became the eighth Rockies starting pitcher to give up six or more runs in the first inning of a road game.

He was well short of the franchise record 10 runs that Mark Redman gave up in the first inning of an April 26, 2008 start at Dodger Stadium -- a start in which he wound up pitching six innings, and did not allow a run after the first inning.

The Rockies starting pitcher is 0-17 with three no decisions in those 20 games.

1st Things 1st

PLYR OPP Ist INN IP H R ER BB SO WL
Mark Redman 04/26/2008 at LAD 10 6 7 10 10 5 1 L
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Denny Neagle 07/02/2002 vs SF 8 2 10 10 10 3 0 L
Kip Wells 07/21/2008 vs LAD 8 0.1 7 8 7 1 1 L
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Jeff Parrett 07/18/1993 at ChC 7 0.2 5 7 7 2 1 L
Bret Saberhagen 08/18/1995 vs ChC 7 0.1 5 7 7 2 0 L
Bryan Rekar 04/28/1996 vs Mon 7 2.1 10 11 11 4 0 L
Darren Oliver 06/12/2003 at Min 7 5 8 7 7 2 4 L
Juan Nicasio 06/10/2014 vs Atl 7 3.2 11 10 10 2 2 L
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Mark Thompson 05/11/1996 at Fla 6 1.1 7 8 8 3 1 L
Jamey Wright 06/23/1998 at Mil 6 6 9 7 7 1 2 L
Darryl Kile 07/02/1998 at Sea 6 2 10 10 10 1 2 L
Brian Bohanon 05/19/1999 vs Cin 6 2.2 10 7 7 2 1 ND
Mark Brownson 06/08/1999 vs Sea 6 0.2 7 6 6 0 0 L
Pedro Astacio 06/25/2000 at Ari 6 3 9 7 7 4 5 L
John Thomson 09/18/2001 vs Ari 6 6.2 6 9 6 5 2 ND
Scott Elarton 04/26/2004 vs Fla 6 6 8 6 6 0 3 L
Jason Jennings 05/10/2005 vs Atl 6 4 9 7 7 3 3 L
Jeff Francis 08/11/2005 vs Pit 6 3.1 13 9 8 1 1 L
Greg Smith 04/28/2010 vs Ari 6 1 4 6 6 3 0 ND
Tyler Anderson 08/04/2018 at Mil 6 4 7 7 7 3 4 L

Source: Stats, Inc.

Anderson faced nine batters in the inning -- a grand slam by No. 6 hitter Travis Shaw, and an ensuing home run by Hernan Perez cleared the bases for Anderson to retire Manny Pina with a strikeout, and fellow pitcher Freddy Peralta on a ground out to end the inning. Of the 33 pitches he threw, 21 were strikes 

Nine Up, Three Down, 6 Runs

Bottom of 1
Cain grounded out, shortstop Story to first baseman Desmond. 5 pitches
Yelich doubled to left. 2 pitches
Aguilar walked on full count. 6 pitches
Schoop singled to right, Yelich to third, Aguilar to second. 4 pitches
Braun singled to left, Yelich scored, Aguilar to third, Schoop to second. 5 pitches
Shaw homered to right on a 1-0 count, Aguilar scored, Schoop scored, Braun scored. 2 pitches
H.Pérez homered to center on a 1-1 count. 3 pitches
Piña struck out. 5 pitches
Peralta grounded out, second baseman LeMahieu to first baseman Desmond. 1 pitches
6 runs, 5 hits (2 home runs), 1 walk, 1 strikeouts, 33 pitches, 12 balls, 21 strikes

It was the seventh game this season in which a Rockies starting pitcher gave up seven or more runs in a game, one shy of the season-high eight runs given by Chad Bettis on June 20. It also was the second time Anderson gave up seven runs -- and the second time he did it on the road. He allowed those other seven runs in his season debut at Arizona on March 30.

Sevens or Better

-- Date Opp W L IP H R ER HR BB SO
1 Chad Bettis 6/20/2018 NYM 0 0 4.2 9 8 8 0 5 4
2t Tyler Anderson 3/30/2018 Ari 0 0 2.1 5 7 7 1 4 3
2t Tyler Anderson 8/4/2018 Mil 0 1 4 7 7 7 3 3 4
2t Chad Bettis 5/11/2018 Mil 0 0 5 10 7 7 1 3 3
2t Jon Gray 4/9/2018 SD 0 1 5 10 7 7 2 1 6
2t Jon Gray 4/20/2018 ChC 0 1 5 8 7 6 1 3 1
2t German Marquez 4/6/2018 Atl 0 1 4.2 7 7 7 1 6 2

Source: Stats, Inc.

It was the first loss Anderson suffered on the road in 12 starts this year. Chad Bettis (5-1) also has only one loss on the road. But it did boost Anderson's road ERA to 4.48, second highest on the team to Jon Gray (5.43). The four others who have started for the Rockies this year all have road ERAs of 3.74 or lower. 

Life on the Road

Player W L Pct G IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Chad Bettis 5 1 .833 10 59.1 45 19 19 7 24 40 2.88
Tyler Anderson 4 1 .800 12 64.1 53 35 32 10 22 58 4.48
German Marquez 5 3 .625 11 67 51 27 23 8 19 71 3.09
Jon Gray 4 4 .500 10 54.2 57 35 33 6 18 63 5.43
Antonio Senzatela 2 2 .500 5 30 23 12 12 1 11 23 3.6
Kyle Freeland 3 5 .375 13 77 76 32 32 6 26 59 3.74
Total 23 16 .590 59 352.1 305 160 151 38 120 314 3.86

Source: Stats, Inc.

But then the road hasn't been kind to the Rockies of late. They may be just three games behind NL West-leading Arizona, and 2 1/2 back of Atlanta for the second wild-card spot, but they also have lost six of their seven road games since July 22, and it's been a combination of shaky pitching and lacking offense. The Rockies have a 5.16 ERA in the seven games -- compared to 4.06 in the previous 52 road games. They are hitting .207 in the last seven road games compared to .234 in the previous 52. 

A Rocky Road

Pitching W-L G SV SVO ERA INN H R ER HR BB HB SO
Thru July 21 30-22 52 22 31 4.06 454 403 217 205 49 173 16 438
Since July 22 1-6 7 1 4 5.16 59.1 53 36 34 8 27 2 55
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Offense AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG SLG
Thru July 21 1780 229 417 80 6 67 222 159 463 30 11 .234 .399
Since July 22 232 23 48 6 0 8 22 23 72 1 2 .207 .336

Source: Stats, Inc.

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