The Rockies and Dbacks played 13 innings on Sunday and were scoreless until the very last half inning. The Rockies still take the series with two wins, but it does sting, considering they had some chances to execute and just fell short. Along with going 0-7 with RISP, the Rockies also struck out 17 times, a number that simply screams loss.
German Marquez made a good bounce back start on Sunday by going six strong innings and allowing no runs. The Dbacks had six hits on the afternoon against Marquez, but he gave up only one walk and struck out eight. It was certainly a good start for both him and the Rockies.
Sunday’s loss also saw the return of Ian Desmond. Desmond went 1-5 with two strikeouts and a single in the fifth for his first hit as a Rockie. To make room for Desmond, Adames was DFA’d, meaning he may well never see a Rockies uniform again. If he clears, the Rockies can assign him to AAA, but that will remain to be seen. Desmond is certainly more valuable than Adames and the move should leave everyone happy, aside from Adames that is.
The Rockies, short on bullpen help, had to go to Jordan Lyles for the 12th inning. Lyles barely escaped a bases loaded jam in the inning, but he would be unable to keep the Rockies in it in the 13th. After a reviewed single that was upheld, Daniel Descalso came up. On an 0-2 count, a cement mixer slider was crushed to right-center for the walk-off bomb. Really, this was a game where the Rockies would have loved to win, but having Jordan Lyles in when the game is close, is just not a good sign or a way to win. Lyles should not be long for the big league club, he just has no place right now, but what will happen is up in the air.
The Rockies have an off day on Monday before heading out to San Diego to face the Padres. This is a series the Rockies should win, and is a series that they should be able to pitch in as well, saving their bullpen. If the Rockies don’t take two of the games in this series, it is bad. The Padres are not good while the Rockies have been good early.