Battle of the closers, Rox take it late

Thank you Mark Reynolds. Thank you Greg Holland. But most of all, thank you Fernando Rodney. Down by a score of 4-6 going into the last inning, the Rockies needed to rally against the Dbacks closer Fernando Rodney. And that is just what they would do, with a little help from Rodney himself.

Leading the inning off, Pat Valaika singled to left field. Blackmon then struck out before LeMahieu’s walk. Nolan Arenado could not come through with a hit so the Rockies were down to their final out. With runners at second and third, Cargo was pitched around until he was given the eventual free pass to load the bases for Mark Reynolds. Prior to this at-bat, Reynolds was 2-8 off of Rodney with two doubles. Reynolds wouldn’t double, but he would squeeze a single through the left side to drive in two and tie the game.

Then, with Gerardo Parra batting, Rodney spiked two different pitches to allow the runners to move up and eventually score. The 40-year old closer has now blown to saves for the Dbacks and raises questions of how long he will remain closer. Archie Bradley looks to be next in line for Arizona and the upside of him over Rodney is going to be huge.

With a 7-6 lead, the Rockies could give Greg Holland the ball and do as he has done all year, lock it down. This was not a flawless save, he did allow a single and then a wild pitch to advance the runner into scoring position, but he came away with the franchise record 11th save in April regardless.

There are certainly some negatives to this win however. Tyler Anderson once again struggled allowing six runs in five innings with three walks. He also allowed three home runs, one of them being the longest of the year from Jake Lamb. The struggles of Anderson may raise questions of the rotation, especially with Jeff Hoffman putting out a much improved AAA start with 7 innings of shutout baseball and 8 Ks. Anderson would not get sent down immediately, but he is going to be on a short leash it seems and be evaluated pretty hard until his next start out.

The Rockies will go for the sweep on Sunday with German Marquez on the mound and also the likely return of Ian Desmond. It looks as though Desmond will make the start in left field with a lefty on the mound and it gives the Rockies a much needed bench/starter who can play all over.

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