The slide was like the series itself. Awkward, ugly and painful, but not deflating.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki strained his left rotator cuff Sunday sliding into home plate, but he avoided serious injury. Tulo left the game before the bottom of the third inning because his shoulder became stiff. When he swung apprehensively in the batting cage between at-bats, Rockies trainer Keith Dugger told manager Walt Weiss to pull him.
It could have been much worse. As it stands, Tulowitzki, who was out on the play, is likely to miss only a day or two.
"Obviously, I was worried when it happened. It kept tightening up," Tulowitzki said after the game. "But I am definitely more confident about it now. Other than losing the game, I am sitting here taking a deep breath and expressing a sigh of relief that I am going to be OK."
The slide was part of a forgettable first inning that nearly matched Saturday's initial at-bats for ineptitude. The Rockies recorded three hits, yet couldn't score. Eric Young Jr. foolishly tried to advance from second to third on a groundball to shortstop. And Tulo was an easy mark at the plate for Arizona left fielder Jason Kubel.