No sweep for Rockies as bullpen implodes in loss to White Sox

To shamelessly steal a phrase from Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi: “No sweep for you!”

Sunday afternoon, the Rockies were on track for just their second three-game sweep of the season. They led the White Sox, 5-3, entering the eighth inning at Coors Field. Then, “yada, yada, yada,” it all fell apart.

Chicago teed off on relievers Matt Koch, Justin Bruihl and Justin Lawrence in a seven-run inning to pocket a 10-5 win.

Koch gave up four runs on three hits and a walk. Bruihl, a left-hander, came in and intentionally walked Yasmani Grandal to load the bases so that he could face lefty Oscar Colas. The strategy backfired when Colas hit a two-run double to left.

The back-breaker was Lenly Sosa’s three-run homer to left off of Lawrence’s first-pitch sweeper. Lawrence has not been sharp lately. He allowed a career-high five runs last Tuesday in the ninth inning, his eighth blown save of the season in an 8-5 loss to Arizona at Coors.

The Rockies were seeking their first sweep since taking three games from Milwaukee from May 2-4 at Coors Field. And with a big day from veteran Charlie Blackmon and a solid start from Chris Flexen, they were well on their way to one of the most satisfying weekends of the season.

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