The Rockies put up a pretty underwhelming performance Thursday afternoon as they lost the series and season finale to the Dbacks 8-0. Chad Bettis got only one out in the game and the Rockies offense was awful, tallying only five hits over the course of the game.
While this final game was bad and it gave the Rockies their second straight loss, the road trip overall was fantastic. They split the series with Arizona and swept the Dodgers, going 6-2 on the road trip in what was a trip that may have saved their season. With the Brewers and Cardinals both streaking upwards, keeping pace ahead of them was a key for the Rockies, and will remain a key over the final couple of weeks.
In what was an inning to set up the rest of the game, the Rockies went quietly in the first and Arizona was given a lot of free bases and they took advantage. The first inning started with the Dbacks loading the bases on two walks and a double which immediately spelled trouble for Bettis. Chad is normally accurate in the zone and does not issue walks, but something was clearly off as he gave up two quick walks. With the bases loaded, Goldschmidt singled a run in before Bettis got his first out.
JD Martinez grounded into a fielders choice that allowed the Rockies to get an out at home, but the trouble would not end there for Bettis. Bettis would issue his third walk of the inning and give the Dbacks there second run before giving up the big hit. AJ Pollock got hot during Wednesday’s game and he continued that in the first with a bases clearing double to end Bettis’ afternoon quickly.
The Dbacks would only score twice more in the game, but it was plenty for Zack Godley who dominated the Rockies. Godley went eight innings and struck out seven while walking none to keep the Rockies down and out very easily. The Dbacks have to be very grateful for the start as it conserved the bullpen and gave them an easy win on the afternoon.
With this game being the final regular season matchup for these two teams, both will hope to meet again in the playoffs. The Dbacks are almost guaranteed a spot, being five games above the Rockies who are two and a half games above the Brewers and Cardinals, but those next three teams will be duking it out for the final wild card spot.