From losing to hurting to venting.

The Rockies covered the stages of anger Thursday night at Tuner Field leaving them in danger of completely erasing their promising April.

Colorado heads to Pittsburgh with a short-fused shortstop a short bench and little time to recover from the team's second-half downward spiral.

Troy Tulowitzki blew a gasket in the second inning Thursday called out looking on a third strike that appeared to be low. Tulowitzki didn't like the call and remained at the plate repeatedly telling plate umpire Marvin Hudson that the pitch was not a strike. Hudson standing about 6 feet from Tulowitzki stared back. Just as first-base coach Rene Lachemann got between them Hudson ejected Tulowitzki — to the delight of the rowdy crowd.

This wasn't just about a call but rather a series and a location. The Rockies were thrashed by the Braves and Tulowitzki went 0-for-12 including a pair of strikeouts Thursday with runners in scoring position.
Tulowitzki is 12-for-59 with no home runs in 17 games at Turner Field. The Rockies are 1-12 in their last 13 road games in Atlanta. At the moment Tulo lost his cool Colorado had been outscored 32-12 in the series. Manager Walt Weiss left the dugout after Tulowitzki was thrown out and spent the entire half inning discussing the matter with Hudson.

Weiss has not been ejected this season. He freely admits that he's been frustrated with calls. But as he did as a player he keeps an open dialogue with umpires. He's more diplomatic than volcanic.