David Zalubowski, AP
After taking an early lead, and then giving up that very lead, the Rockies stormed back to tie the game at 6-6. They couldn’t get one more run though and the Diamondbacks scored in the top of the ninth to take the lead and later win the game.
Facing Zack Greinke and having Eddie Butler on the mound did not bode well for the Rockies winning this game, but early it looked to be the opposite. Butler cruised through the first two innings while the Rockies scored three runs in the first two innings.
Charlie Blackmon started the game off with a double and Nolan Arenado doubled him in. Trevor Story then singled him in and the Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Mark Reynolds then hit a home run in the second for the Rockies and they took a 3-0 lead.
Butler then ran into trouble. After allowing a single to Zack Greinke, Butler began to get flustered. It probably didn’t help that Greinke was able to steal a base as well. Socrates Brito hit a homer to straight away center and the Dbacks were only down by a run then. With two outs, Goldschmidt hit a single and Jake Lamb hit his 15th home run of the year. With that, Arizona took a 4-3 lead and Butler began to collapse. Butler allowed two more runs in the fourth after walking Greinke and allowing three hits, all singles.
Butler only lasted five innings in the end while allowing 11 hits and the six runs. The long ball has been especially harmful to Butler and it was no exception Thursday night. The Rockies are in a tough position regarding their rotation right now and they may start falling due to their pitching.
The Rockies did come back in this game in the eighth inning. With five singles, the Rockies scored three runs, completed by a squeeze by DJ LeMahieu. Then with the bases loaded and only one out, the Rockies were primed to take the lead, but could not follow through. Brad Ziegler came on and despite allowing the squeeze and a walk to Arenado, he got Cargo and Story to strike out and ended the inning.
Carlos Estevez came on in the ninth and got two quick strike outs, but then ran into trouble. Three straight singles with two outs got the Diamondbacks back on top by a score of 7-6 and the Rockies comeback was all for naught. Ziegler earned three easy outs in the bottom half of the inning and the Rockies lost the game. They are now 2-5 since winning four straight and they are reverting back to the old Rockies. The starters are not getting length and the bullpen is giving up leads and a lot of runs. The offense is doing great, aside from the Marlins games, but they are not able to solely win games without some sort of pitching.
The Rockies have rookie Tyler Anderson on the mound Friday night and he needs to be a stopper, which is a lot to ask of a rookie, but the Rockies need someone to step up. This is a great chance for Anderson to prove himself early in his career.