The ill-timed slump cut so deeply it even divided the players. They weren't sure how to view this spiral. Troy Tulowitzki spoke of unclenching the fist saying they should play like the ugly guy in the fight — with nothing to lose. Grizzled and bearded Todd Helton labeled it a must-win game. Then again he will be 40 next month and doesn't have a lot of games left.
In a season-shaping homestand the Rockies reached a defining moment in the seventh inning Wednesday night at Coors Field.
White-knuckling a two-run lead with bases loaded Wilton Lopez retired hulking Mike Stanton on a broken-bat groundball preserving a face-saving 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins.
"It was definitely something for 'Lopie' to build on. He had good numbers against Stanton" Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We needed to win tonight."
It's a temporary reprieve but it was better than the alternative of trying to articulate their lack of hitting and restrictive 100-pitch count.
The Rockies scored first on N...