Friday night was a strange one with the lead changing three different times between the fourth and sixth innings. Both offenses were going strong and both defenses made some key errors that led to runs, but in the end the Rockies pulled ahead with a seven run eighth inning.
The game did not start pretty for De La Rosa and he would not last long. De La walked two batters through the first two innings, but neither came around to score. In the third he would not get so lucky and he wouldn’t get much help behind him either. A walk to Pollock and an error by Nolan Arenado put two men on with one out. Wellington Castillo grounded out to put runners on the corners and Yasmany Tomas drove in the first run of the game with a single.
The next inning things would get ugly for Jorge. Two singles set up a perfect sacrifice scenario for pitcher Robbie Ray. The bunt was a good one and Jorge fired to first, but it was a wild one. The ball skipped up the line and two runners scored. A double by Goldschmidt and single by Castillo drove in two more runs and the Diamondbacks finished with a 5-0 lead.
De La got through one more inning before being removed for a pinch hitter in the Rockies first big inning. Three straight singles put two on and gave the Rockies their first run of the game before the pitchers spot came up. With an opportunity to get back in the game and expanded rosters, Weiss removed De La and let recent call up Tom Murphy take a swing. Murphy did just that and singled to load the bases for Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon singled up the middle for the fifth straight hit and gave the Rockies two more runs to work with. The Rockies would score three more runs before the inning was up, in part to an error by Castillo, and they would take a brief 6-5 lead.
Jordan Lyles came on for the sixth and quickly gave up the lead, but it would also be the last offense the Dbacks would get. AJ Pollock hit his first home run of the year to take the lead back.
Some rookie magic tied the game up in the bottom of the inning. Raimel Tapia recorded his first career hit and later scored his first run on David Dahl’s RBI single. That would tie the game up at 7-7 and leave the game to the bullpens. Fortunately for the Rockies, their offense was not done and their bullpen was looking for some redemption.
The Rockies were faced with two quick outs before something finally started. Charlie Blackmon was hit by a pitch and DJ walked to put two on. A single by Arenado scored a run and another would score on a wild pitch. Two walks would load the bases and Nick Hundley did some major damage. For the second time in the last two games, they recorded a grand slam, this one due to Hundley. The bomb put the Rockies up 13-7 and they would gain one more run on a solo shot by Daniel Descalso.
Adam Ottavino had a quick and easy ninth inning to give the Rockies the win. They are four games under .500 and 4.5 back of the wild card. The Rockies are looking for a 2007-like run and with a little streak of wins, they will find themselves right back in the hunt for a wild card spot.