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Rockies starting pitcher Ryan Feltner sits in the dugout after being pulled from the mound in the fifth inning Sunday against the Diamondbacks in Denver.

DENVER — The dog days of the baseball season are upon us. 

And boy are they dragging for the Colorado Rockies. 

While most teams want to jump ahead to September — contenders are eager for the playoffs and last-place teams are excited to bring up their top prospects — the Rockies have little to anticipate. Elehuris Montero has already debuted. No one on their top-10 prospect list besides Michael Toglia is above Double-A. And Toglia has only been there for a week. The future of their franchise, the group the team believes they need to be competitive, is not close to making it to the majors. 

So the Rockies will soldier on. And on Sunday, that meant losing 7-4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks as Colorado dropped two of three in the series and fell deeper into the National League West basement. 

Ryan Feltner, their rookie starter, labored through his 4 ⅓ innings. He gave up six runs, including a home run off a lazy slider. Feltner also allowed three stolen bases, two of which he didn't even check the runner. Feltner has been up-and-down all year, and was added back to the rotation with Chad Kuhl going on the injured list. He still hasn't quite figured out how to hang at this level.

He's had days where he's flashed his potential, but other days, like Sunday, where he made too many mistakes to stage a come back. It all comes down to consistency, and right now, for Feltner, that's a challenge.

"When you're little, you just want to get to the big leagues and then you never really understand what goes into staying," Feltner said. "Staying has been tough. Trying to make the adjustments on the fly in season has been tough. It's been tougher than I expected." 

And while Feltner struggled, the offense froze up for the second game in a row. The Rockies didn't score for 15 innings dating back to Friday's game, as Diamondback's starter Zac Gallen stumped them on Saturday. It took the Rockies six innings on Sunday to get any momentum against southpaw Tommy Henry. But by that point Colorado was already down 7-0. 

In the sixth inning, Montero, now an everyday starter, finally got the Rockies on the scoreboard with a RBI double. Ryan McMahon and Wynton Bernard, who debuted on Friday after 10 years in the minor leagues, also drove in runs.

Márquez to pitch in the World Baseball Classic

Germán Márquez is slated to represent Venezuela in the return of the World Baseball Classic next year, he said on Sunday. He still needs to be officially named to the team and get permission from the Rockies. But that will just be a formality. 

Márquez intends to play winter ball in Caracas, Venezuela this offseason so he can be ready for the tournament, which begins in March 2023. 

“From when I was a kid I wanted to have the Venezuela on my chest," he said. 'It’s going to be a dream."

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