Masterful Greinke holds Rockies at bay

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The Rockies lost 6-2 on Saturday scoring only two runs off of Zack Greinke. The one mistake Greinke made seemingly all night did hurt him, but behind some sloppy play by the Rockies, it didn’t really matter. Colorado committed two errors during the game, but had a few other moments where the defense faltered to allow the Dbacks more chances to score.

Tyler Chatwood was strong after a career high eight walk game his last time out, but as mentioned, the defense didn’t back him up. The first inning scored quick as Daniel Descalso tripled and scored on the next batter’s ground out. The Dbacks would score more in the fourth, with the first coming because of another leadoff triple. This ball was misplayed by Tapia who let it get by him down the right field corner, but it is likely that Goldschmidt would have scored regardless. An RBI double drove in one run and a wild pitch would score another to put the Dbacks up 3-0.

The Rockies finally got on the board against Greinke when Arenado singled and Story homered him in on a ball that barely got out over the left field wall. It was really the only time the Rockies could do anything and the long ball seemed to be the only way they were going to score, as Greinke was just not going to allow a big inning with singles and doubles.

Unfortunately for Colorado, any chance they had at winning this game disappeared rather quickly in the seventh with the bad defense. An error to start the inning and then a triple, the third of the game for Arizona, scored the first run. The runner on third would score on the next batter, a play that was scored a sac fly, but it was an error by rookie left fielder Mike Tauchman that allowed Ketel Marte to get to second on the dropped fly ball. One more run would score on a double to put the Dbacks up 6-2.

The Rockies got two singles to start the ninth inning, but after Fernando Rodney came in, they could not even advance the runners. Rodney locked the game down and Colorado lost, now putting both teams in a position to take the series in the finale. A couple of young pitcher go at it in Marquez and Taijuan Walker, so this game may be one that relies on offense.

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