Nolan clutch again in the late innings

After losing a late lead, the Rockies once again needed some late inning heroics and who better to come from than the star of the team, Nolan Arenado. With a late two-rbi triple, the Rockies were able to take the lead back from Arizona and win the series opener 4-3.

After some shorter outings and less than appealing appearances, German Marquez rebounded nicely in a game of high importance. Marquez managed a quality start, going six innings while allowing only four hits. The Dbacks did manage a run, but it came after a sac fly in an inning that could’ve gone much worse.

Along with Nolan’s heroics, there was plenty of great defense on the night. Every infielder aside from Reynolds made a great play and Cargo made the play of the night on a ball that would’ve been a gapper, had he not dove to make a terrific catch. Tony Wolters also caught a runner stealing in the inning where Arizona scored to help Marquez get an out.

Defense played a big role in this game, for both teams, as Arizona had two errors in the second allowing the Rockies to score the first run. As Ian Desmond was hustling out an infield single, Jake Lamb tried to make a play that turned into an error, allowing Desmond to reach second. Desmond then tried for third on a dirt ball and scored on a throwing error by the catcher.

In the fourth inning, up by only a run, Cargo homered to center to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. It was one of two hits by Cargo and while he has struggled thus far this year, it is only a matter of time until he heats up and has a week to remember.

Arizona would not be held down and once again the Rockies bullpen faltered. In the eight inning, with Chris Rusin on the mound, David Peralta hit a solo homer to tie the game up. Adam Ottavino then came on and allowed a solo shot to Paul Goldschmidt. After being up 2-1, the Rockies finished the eighth down 3-2, but it only set up Arenado for more heroics.

With Zack Greinke working the eight inning and having shut down 11 straight, it was not looking good for Colorado, but the fight in this team is real. With one out, Blackmon and LeMahieu both reached via the single to put runners at second and first. Arenado then lined a ball to the right field wall that deflected away and allowed both runners to score, putting the Rockies ahead.

Greg Holland got back to business after some rough outings to seal the win for the Rockies. He walked a batter in the inning, but he would not score and Holland finished the game with his 25th save.

The Rockies could not gain any ground on the Dodgers who also won on Tuesday night, but they are now 2 games ahead of Arizona and 21 games over .500, with the second best record in the Major League. The Rockies will try and take a quick series win with their young stud Jeff Hoffman on the mound.


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