Record: 26-21. Pace: 90-72. Change on 2012: +5
Wednesday's game wasn't on TV in Arizona or Colorado, meaning that most of us weren't able to see it played. For those of us following along on the radio or through various websites, it seems like we didn't miss a whole lot. Not from the Diamondbacks offense, at least, who started their day off with a 1-2-3 inning to Jorge De La Rosa. And Trevor Cahill didn't seem to be quite ready to start the game on the right foot, either. First inning, he kept pitching up, and the Rockies were more than happy to take advantage of it. Cahill got lucky at first, getting two long, loud outs to start it off. But the third time was the charm for the Rockies, as Carlos Gonzalez started off the scoring with a two-out solo home run for Colorado. Cahill still wasn't out of trouble there, though- back to back doubles by Dexter Fowler and Nolan Arenado gave the Rockies another run, and it was 2-0 after one inning.
In the second, the Diamondbacks offense came roaring back and- no, no, wait. They grounded out three times around a walk by Gerardo Parra. More the sort of results we'd like to see with Cahill on the mound. He, at least, managed to settle in a bit for the bottom of the second, going 1-2-3 through the bottom of the Rockies lineup.
Cahill kept that hot streak going into the top of the third, too- a one out hit got past Dexter Fowler in the outfield, giving Cahill a stand-up double. After A.J. Pollock struck out, Didi Grigorius walked, but a fielder's choice by Paul Goldschmidt ended the inning.
Cahill's luck sputtered in the third. Eric Young grounded out on a bunt to start the inning, but Colorado got their first baserunner of the inning on a DJ LeMahieu single. Carlos Gonzalez came to the plate and lined a ball into the left field corner. The ball rolled past Gerardo Parra along the wall, and by the time it got back in, Gonzalez had an RBI triple. He wasn't on third for long, though- Dexter Fowler lined out sharply to first for the second out, but a wild pitch got away from Will Nieves, and Gonzalez scored. 4-0, Colorado.
Nieves made up for it a little in the top of the fourth. Cody Ross put up a lead-off single to start it off, taking second on a ground out from Martin Prado. Nieves came to the plate with two outs, worked his way to a full count, and then slapped the ball to the left-center gap. Ross came around to score and Nieves hustled his way around to slide in to second for the RBI double, but he was stranded there.
And.... That's all the scoring we got. The Diamondbacks threatened in the fifth, with Pollock dodging a tag at first to reach with one out and Grigorius singling to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt wasn't up to the kind of power display we might have liked to see, though, and ended the inning by grounding into a double play.
The top of the sixth inning gave us another leadoff single from Cody Ross and the end of Jorge De La Rosa's afternoon. But if there was any hope of beating up on the Rockies bullpen, they didn't come true, as the Edgmer Escalona got two ground balls to end the inning. There was also some confusion in the bottom of the inning, on a high, high fly ball by Dexter Fowler. The umpires left the field to head into the review booth before they came back to call it a foul ball- which is strange, since they really only can review whether something is a home run or not. Fowler then singled and stole second before advancing to third on a ground out by Todd Helton, but a bunt pop up to Nieves by Yorvit Torrealba ended the inning.
That was the end of Cahill's afternoon, as he was pulled to let Eric Hinske pinch hit in the top of the seventh. Hinske popped out, though Pollock singled and was stranded on first as the inning ended. Tony Sipp came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh, going 1-2-3 with two strikes outs, and then Will Harris repeated the feat in the eighth, with the Diamondbacks looking for one last rally in the top of the ninth. Rex Brothers took the mound for the save, and though he gave up a one out single to Will Nieves, he followed that up with a ground ball double play from Josh Wilson to end the game. Rockies win, 4-1, and take the series 2-1.
Yeah, when your best performance isn't even cracking the 3% mark in WPA, it's not going to be a blockbuster day for your team. Not a whole lot of life in the GDT later on, either. Our Comment of the Day explains why:
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So we split the road trip, 3-3. Not too bad. But a disappointing outing for the offense to end the series, and we leave Denver in a three way tie for first place. Day off tomorrow for the Diamondbacks as they come home to face the Padres for a weekend series. Hopefully, we find our bats along the way.