--CF Dexter Fowler was dropped to eighth in the batting order and went hitless in three at-bats with a walk and a strikeout. While Fowler has 18 RBI and 12 doubles and four triples, his average has fallen to .240, his on-base percentage has dropped to .352, and worst of all, his 56 strikeouts are far too many for a leadoff hitter.
Manager Jim Tracy said of the switch-hitting Fowler, "There are some adjustments he needs to make with his swing, most notably left-handed. That (eighth) spot is a better environment for him to work on some things, rather than thrust him up to the forefront of the lineup. We want him to relax."
The Rockies want Fowler to shorten his left-handed swing and take a more direct path to the ball.
--RHP Felipe Paulino, a huge disappointment in his brief time with the Rockies, was traded to the Royals for cash considerations. The Rockies had designated Paulino for assignment Saturday, one day after he gave up a walk and a two-run homer to Prince Fielder in the 14th inning that gave the Brewers a 7-6 win. Paulino, whom the Rockies acquired from the Astros in November for INF Clint Barmes, went 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA in 18 games with Colorado. He retired the first batter he faced just five times in his 18 appearances. Right-handed hitters batted .421 against Paulino, and lefties hit .318.
--The Rockies scored six runs while losing the final three games of the series to the Diamondbacks, scoring in five of 27 innings. They have lost six of their past seven games and seven of their past nine.
The Rockies are 7-17 in May and 1-9 in one-run games during the month. They have five games remaining in May. The last time the Rockies lost 17 games in a month was May 2009, when they went 12-17. They last lost more than 17 games in a month when they went 9-20 in May 2005. The franchise record for losses in a month is 22 -- 7-22 in both May 1993 and July 2000.
--By dropping two of three to the Diamondbacks, the Rockies lost a four-game series for the first time this season. They went 3-1 at Pittsburgh and 4-0 at New York last month in their other four-game series so far this year.
--1B Todd Helton, who began his career with the Rockies in August 1997, played in his 1,000th game at Coors Field on Wednesday. His .355 batting average (1,263-for-3,557) at home in his career is the highest home batting average among active major-leaguers with a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances.
--3B Ian Stewart, hoping to revive his career at Class AAA Colorado Springs, came out of a game Tuesday with a right hamstring strain and has been placed on the seven-day disabled list (which is standard in the minors) retroactive to Wednesday. Stewart was the Opening Day third baseman for the Rockies but was optioned to Colorado Springs on April 19. He was recalled on May 3 when the Rockies placed IF Ty Wigginton on the disabled list and sent back to Colorado Springs on May 13 when Wigginton was activated.
BY THE NUMBERS
7 -- Home runs allowed by RHP Huston Street in 24 2/3 innings in his 24 appearances. The Rockies closer gave up a two-run homer in the ninth to Kelly Johnson that gave the Diamondbacks a three-run lead on their way to a 6-3 win Thursday. It was Street's first appearance since May 20 at Milwaukee, when he blew a save by giving up a game-tying homer in the 13th to Yuniesky Betancourt in a game the Rockies lost 7-6 in 14 innings.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's all good, I'm still in the lineup. They just want me to relax a little. I think that's a good thing. I don't look at it much differently. I just have to go out and play." -- CF Dexter Fowler, on being dropped to eighth in the lineup. He led off in the first 41 games, then batted second for three games and first again Wednesday before the shift to eighth.
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