Trevor Story continues to hit well against the Diamondbacks, and more specifically, their ace Zack Greinke. Greinke certainly pitched better than he did on opening day, but Chris Rusin out-pitched him in his first start of 2016.
Rusin went five innings of shutout baseball and gave up only one hit. It was a fantastic start for Rusin and gave the Rockies exactly what they could’ve wanted out of their starter. Rusin only threw 76 pitches on the night, but that was his anticipated pitch limit as it was his first start. Rusin will likely get a couple more starts until De La Rosa comes off the DL and he can extend out more in those starts.
Greinke definitely seemed to be getting back on track in this start. He went 7 innings and gave up only two runs on eight hits. He also struck out eight batters. The only two runs Greinke allowed came in the top of the third. Charlie Blackmon started the inning with a single to left and that brought Trevor Story to the plate. On the first pitch of the at bat, Story scorched a ball to the left-center field wall and drove in Blackmon all the way from first. Greinke then struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado, but Gerrardo Parra was able to bloop a ball to left to drive in Story. That would put the game at 2-0 and give Rusin all the support he would need for his five innings.
Unfortunately for the Rockies, Rusin leaving meant Carlos Estevez coming in and for the Dbacks, this was enough of a change to get something going. Jean Seugra started the inning with a single. Brandon Drury would then walk up to the plate and hit a game tying two-run home run. Estevez stopped the damage there and kept the game tied.
Neither team would threaten again until the Rockies came to the plate in the ninth. With closer Brad Ziegler coming on and hoping to keep the game tied, the Rockies would be facing a challenge. DJ LeMahieu started the inning with an out, but pinch hitter Ben Paulsen came up as the next batter and lined a single to right. Charlie Blackmon followed that up with a single of his own and Story strode to the plate.
On a 2-2 count, Story fought off a pitch down the right field line that wound up in the corner. It was just the hit the Rockies needed and it turned out to be a two-run triple, earning Story his 19th and 20th RBIs on the season. Nolan Arenado would add an insurance run with a single and the inning would end with the Rockies leading 5-2.
Jake McGee came on for the first time since blowing a save and while he wasn’t perfect, he was effective. The inning started with a single, but McGee would throw a double play ball to eliminate that threat. Wellington Castillo then doubled, but David Peralta was erased as the next batter and McGee earned the save.
The win gave the Rockies their second series win against the Diamondbacks and gives them a chance for a series sweep on Sunday afternoon. Chad Bettis takes the mound against Shelby Miller and with any offense, the Rockies can probably pull out a win as Bettis has been solid this year.