The Rockies scored more than seven runs for the first time since their 13 run inning a week ago, and they would need every single run. The Rockies won the series finale against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon 8-7 as they tallied 14 hits and won a typical Coors Field game.
The Rockies looked like they might be able to coast to a win, but as any fan of the Rockies knows, it is never that easy. The scoring started in the third inning when Charlie Blackmon hit his second homer of the year off of starter Robbie Ray. Ray then allowed a single to Trevor Story and walk to Nolan Arenado. Mark Reynolds continued his productive 2016 with the Rockies when he hit a ball to right field that scored Story.
The next inning would see the Rockies scoring more runs and extending their lead to 5-0. A single and error put two on and a sac bunt by Chad Bettis put both me in scoring position for Blackmon. A broken bat and a ball that blooped over the second baseman’s head scored both runners. A pop up double by Arenado would allow Blackmon to score and with that two balls that weren’t hit hard at all scored three runs.
The Dbacks would score their first run against cruising Chad Bettis in the sixth. A leadoff double and then a two out RBI double from Paul Goldschmidt put the game at 5-1, but the next man was retired and the Rockies got out of the inning escaping any further damage.
They would retaliate in the bottom half of the inning. With a man on and Reynolds at the plate, the Dbacks failed to record the third out on a normally routine fielder’s choice. They failed to do that and the Rockies took advantage of the free out. Ryan Raburn continued to be effective in his starts and lined a ball to deep right-center that would touch down for a two run double.
Then things would start to get scary for the Rockies. Chad Bettis up to the seventh inning had allowed only five hits, but would run into trouble immediately. A single, a double, and another double would cut the lead to four runs. Chris Owings then grounded out and Bettis seemed to regain his composure until the next batter, Nick Ahmed, singled in another run. That would end Bettis’ day as he would finish with a line of 6.1 innings, 9 hits allowed with four earned runs, and a career high 8 strikeouts. It was a good outing for Bettis, but it would’ve been nice if he had been able to keep the Dbacks from scoring three in the seventh.
The Dbacks were not done mounting a comeback and came charging back in the eighth. Two doubles, a triple, and a single gave the Dbacks all the runs they would need to tie the game at 7-7. After the Rockies took a 7-1 lead, the Dbacks scored 6 unanswered runs to tie the game. Some shaky bullpen pitching by Carlos Estevez and Chad Qualls gave the Diamondbacks the chance they needed to comeback and they did just that. Luckily, the Rockies would not let it keep them down.
Or at least Nolan Arenado wouldn’t let it keep him down. In the bottom of the eighth with two down, Arenado came to the plate against Tyler Clippard. Clippard threw a ball where he shouldn’t have and Nolan took it to deep left right down the line. It just got around the foul pole for a home run and gave the Rockies the 1 run lead.
Jake McGee then came in and had perhaps his best outing as a Rockie. Facing the heart of the Dbacks order, the top three batters, he had a perfect inning and earned his 9th save in 11 chances. It was a needed win for the Rockies and snapped the seven game home losing streak they were on.
The Rockies have an off day on Thursday and then host the daunting New York Mets. It will be a tough series filled with tough match ups, but it is a chance for the Rockies to show what they are made of.