It was Chase Anderson's concluding start of an up-and-down 2015 season, and it went about the same as his season has gone. He walked a few, struck out a couple more and gave his team a chance to win, which is all you ask out of your starter.
Things started off well for Chase in the first inning, escaping a 2-out single by Carlos Gonzalez by inducing a fly out from Arenado to escape the first unscathed. His second inning wasn't as successful, giving up a one-out triple to Morneau and subsequent sacrifice fly to give the Rockies a quick 1-0 lead.
That lone blemish was all Chase would allow in his 5 1/3 innings of work. The 3rd was painless, giving up a two-out walk before getting the third out of the inning. The 4th wasn't quite as easy, allowing a leadoff double to Arenado and a one-out walk to Morneau before getting a tapper back to the mound for the second out. With the runners advancing on the play, an intentional walk loaded things up for the pitcher, but Betts struck out to end the threat and keep things 1-0. His fifth inning was perfect, going flyout, groundout and strikeout to close the inning. With his pitch count in the 90's Chip Hale allowed Anderson to start the 6th but he allowed a leadoff single and struck out DIckerson to end his night with the runner on 1st. Keith Hessler relieved to face Morneau and did LOOGY things, getting a strike out for the second out before giving way to Randall Delgado, who induced a ground out to end the inning.
During this time, the offense would go scoreless despite some very good scoring opportunities. The bases were loaded in the 2nd, after a double from Peralta and walks by Lamb and Owings. Unfortunately, that opportunity was given to Chase Anderson, who grounded out. The 3rd was another opportunity wasted, with Phil Gosselin tripling with 1 out in front of Pollock and Goldschmidt, but was stranded after back to back strikeouts. Peralta singled to lead things off in the 4th but nothing came about after Salty, Lamb and Owings did nothing to advance the runner.
Things changed starting in the 5th inning, with Socrates Brito lining a ball into the right-center gap for a hustle double with 1 out. After a passed ball moved Brito up a base, Gosselln drove a pitch deep into center field, scoring the runner from 3rd and making things 1-1. The next inning was more of the same, with Goldy doubling to lead things off and Peralta following with a walk. Salty then singled, scoring Goldschmidt from 2nd and giving the D-backs a lead they wouldn't relinquish 2-1. The offense stalled however, getting 2 strikeouts and a line out to end the inning.
The 7th again saw the D-backs threatening, with a Gosselin single, Pollock walk and Goldy walk to load things in the 7th and Peralta at bat. He'd fly out to left, scoring Gosselin from 3rd and giving us our final score of 3-1 after the bullpen did a fabulous job down the stretch to keep the Rockies at bay scoreless over 4 2/3 innings. They (Hessler, Delgado, Hernandez, Reynolds and Hudson) combined for only 2 baserunners, a single and a walk with 5 strikeouts over that span with Hudson dominating in the 9th for his 4th save of the season.
Winners - David Peralta (+14.7%), Chase Anderson (pitching) (+13.7%), David Hernandez (+13.5%)
Losers - Chase Anderson (-11.7%), Jake Lamb (-10.8%)
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