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The Diamondbacks scored 34 runs in the three game set with the Rockies and tallied 50 hits, at least sixteen in each game. There is no denying that the Rockies pitching staff just didn’t do their job in this series and even with the Rockies doing all they could on offense, they were never really close games.
The Rockies held a lead in all three of the games and actually scored the first run in two of them. That normally means some wins in a series, but with how the pitchers performed the offense would’ve needed to score in the double digits. All three starters had bad outings and the bullpen only added to that struggle.
Jeff Hoffman ended the series on Wednesday, but it was not a good outing for him. He struggled in the first inning allowing a home run and two runs before getting through the second, third, and fourth innings relatively easily. He ran back into trouble in the fifth inning by allowing seven runs and another home run. The long ball has plagued Hoffman and so has getting behind hitters. He has good stuff, but when he tries to be too fine he gets into trouble by getting behind in the count.
The top of the Rockies lineup had great games, but it was not nearly enough to matter. The first three batters, Blackmon, LeMahieu, and Arenado, all had three hits. Blackmon was a double short of the cycle while Nolan hit two doubles. DJ raised his average but he is still behind two points in the batting title race to Daniel Murphy. Mark Reynolds also had two hits, but after that only two other players had hits. It is obviously good to see the top of the lineup do damage, but the bottom of the lineup needs to do some damage too.
The Rockies now get to head home and hopefully have some more success than they did on this terrible road trip. They start with a three game set against the Padres and they will try and stop their recent slide, although they have just not been playing well at all.