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The Rockies lost on Monday night 10-5 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a game that could’ve been won without the big inning that was given up by Chatwood.
The Rockies started off decently immediately countering the run scored by the Dbacks in the top of the first with a run of their own. From their Chatwood settled down and allowed the Rockies to have a good inning in the fourth.
A one out double by DJ LeMahieu and back-to-back walks by catcher Tony Wolters and Chatwood loaded the bases for Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon was able to lift a ball to right field deep enough for DJ to tag up and score. Trevor Story then came to the plate and absolutely scorched a ball to center. Chris Owings misplayed the ball because it was hit so hard and it rolled to the wall. Both runners scored on the hit, but Story was thrown out on his way to third, cutting the inning short. It was still enough for the Rockies to take a 4-1 lead.
Chatwood then ran into some trouble after his trip around the bases. He started the 5th inning with two quick outs before allowing a home run to Jean Segura. It was just a solo shot and had he limited the damage to that home run, it would’ve been a good outing. That was not the case though as he allowed a walk and then a single to Paul Goldschmidt. With two men on and two out, Jake Lamb came to the plate. On the first pitch of the at bat, Lamb crushed a ball to right field that was long gone. That was the big hit of the inning that put the Dbacks up 5-4. Two more extra base hits would give Arizona another run in the inning and give them 5 total runs in the fifth.
After that big inning, the Rockies were fighting an uphill battle and the bullpen was not looking to help them win. Scott Oberg pitched two innings and gave up two runs and Justin Miller gave up two runs as well in the ninth. The Rockies threatened in both the eighth and the ninth innings, but the lead at that point was too much to comeback from.
There was a moment in the eighth inning that raises questions about base running. Parra led the inning off with a double and the Rockies were off to a good start, but after that he tried to steal third base in a moment that was questionable at best. You never make the first or third out at 3rd base and Parra’s run was not the tying or winning run. It was a pointless time to steal and it is the second time Parra has made that decision. He is a great player, but he can’t being making little league mistakes like that. But of course the what if game comes into play and it is likely that out didn’t matter in the end.
The Rockies will try and even the series on Tuesday and Chris Rusin will take the mound. Rusin has some terrific starts at Coors and he has had some bad ones. The Rockies need one of those terrific starts and need to get back on track at home. The offense will be there, but the pitching needs to pitch like they do on the road. The Rockies need to win at home to compete, and having this dismal pitching just isn’t going to cut it.