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Diamondbacks 0, Rockies 2

Vidal Nuno gave Arizona eight great innings, but he was once again doomed by a lack of run support, and the Diamondbacks dropped the second game of the series against Colorado.

Ralph Freso

The only run allowed by Vidal Nuno came in the second inning, a one-out homer that went not far from the line in left-field and over the bullpen. Hell, never mind only run allowed, that was pretty close to the only base-runner allowed, as the Rockies got just one other hit off Nuño, who retired the last 20 batters he faced. His day ended after eight innings, having given up one run on two hits and no walks, with a solid seven strikeouts. At 103 pitches, he could perhaps have gone further, but his spot led off the eighth, and we needed offense.

We didn't get it. Arizona fared worse still against Tyler Matzek, who threw seven shutout innings, allowing three hits, all singles, and three walks. The Diamondbacks had five at-bats even with a runner in scoring position all evening, and came up empty in each of those. After Nuño left, Matt Stites allowed a solo home-run in the ninth inning, to double the visitor's advantage, and we didn't get to see Rex Brothers this evening, so that was that, though we did get the tying run on base in the ninth. Cliff Pennington reached safely twice, on a hit and a walk, and in his Diamondbacks debut, Nolan Reimold (yeah, I got the hang of it eventually!) got a pair of hits.

Still, those throwback uniforms looked very nice.