The Diamondbacks are in a bit of a funk right now, and I don't mean some awesome get-down Bootsy Collins stuff. That would be a welcome change of pace and more fun than it has been lately. There was a distinct lack of funky beats at the ballpark tonight, as the Diamondbacks dropped their fourth straight game, though this one had a little fight in it, I guess.
And they got 200% of the total runs they scored in the entire Pirates series in this game alone, so that's something.
Chase Anderson got off to a rocky (no pun intended start) he allowed a single to Corey Dickerson, and then walked Troy Tulowitzki on an at-bat that included approximately 5,000 foul balls. Justin Morneau came up and launched a three-run homer to make it 3-0 Rockies. Colorado added another run in the 2nd when Dickerson singled again to score, of all people, Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Matzek. Dickerson did get thrown out trying for second base on that play so ha ha?
Anderson settled a little bit after that, but the offense continued its string of impotence. I have in my notes from the game the following: "Trumbo and Tuffy got walks AND STILL NO (explative deleted) RUNS!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!" and with the Rockies having a huge lead, it seemed like more of the same.
However in the Bottom of the 5th, something magical happened. In one inning, the Diamondbacks were able to match their run total from the entire series against the Pirates Appropriately, the first run was scored on an RBI groundout by Ender Inciarte which scored Tuffy Gosewisch. The second scored with two outs when A.J. Pollock just barely, if at all (thought it was held up on review) beat out an infield single which allowed Nick Ahmed to score to make it 4-2.
In the next half inning, Anderson got into some trouble, which lead to another run on a Nolan Arenado sac-fly to make it 5-2 Rockies. This would chase Anderson (PUN TOTALLY INTENDED) from the game, His line for the night: 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 4 K, 2 BB. Oliver Perez came in and faced one batter, Carlos Gonzalez, whom he promptly walked. Randall Delgado came in, got an out, loaded the bases, but was able to get out the inning without further damage.
Tyler Matzek left after a single pitch in the 6th and was clutching his left leg as he walked off the field. It was later revealed to be a left hamstring cramp, which is no fun. This brought in Brooks Brown for the Rockies, and he promptly walked Yasmany Tomas and gave up a single to Chris Owings. A wild pitch sent them both to 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Tuffy grounded a ball to the left side of the infield, and Tomas was able to time it juuuuust right, with Arenado hesitating enough, to be able to score on that play despite a quick relay from first. That made the score 5-3 Rockies.
As a side note, Tomas had a nice game. He had some hard hit balls that ended up being outs, drew that walk, scored on the aforementioned play, and didn't look terrible at third base. In fact, he started a few double plays. Now, obviously, there's no way to say that he'll keep that up, especially on the defensive side, but credit where it's due.
We go to the Bottom of the 8th. Rafael Betantcourt comes on for the Rockies. Mark Trumbo hits a leadoff double to the lower part of the wall in center. He moved over to third on a groundout, and with two outs Tuffy came up again. He promptly grounded a fairly easy play to Tulo which ended the inn-
- Hold on, I'm told that did not happen and he in fact did his best Bill Buckner impression and just let the ball slide through the 5-hole, allowing Trumbo to score and to make it 5-4.
As everyone knows, I have the upmost respect for Tulo as a player and I wouldn't kick him while he's do- OH SCREW IT LET'S DO A PARAGRAPH OF CLEFOING: HA HA TULO, THE ROCKIES MAY HAVE WON THAT GAME BUT YOU STILL SCREWED UP AND NOW THAT GIRL YOU KINDA LIKED IN SEVENTH GRADE BUT WERE TO SHY TO ASK OUT WILL SHOW UP AT YOUR DOOR, KICK YOU IN THE SHINS AND POINT AND LAUGH AT YOU UNTIL IT ALL MORPHS INTO A DARK CARNIVAL OF THE SOUL WHICH IS ALL YOU DESERVE.
Anyway, the score held into the last frame. John Axford came in for the Rockies. Cliff Pennington struck out, but Ender Inciarte was able to get a seeing-eye single to get things going. A.J. Pollock had a lengthy-ish at bat, but grounded into a fielder's choice, rendering Inciarte out and him at first with Paul Goldschmidt up, right where you want him. Goldy laced one into right field, which moved Pollock to third with two outs and Trumbo up. Now, after seeing the previous batters work the count against Axford and wait for their pitch to hit, surely Trumbo would do the sa- oh he swung at the first pitch and grounded out to third. Okay, that's a choice you made, Mark. Sure, whatever.
Terrible!: Anderson (-30.4%)
COTN is this one here:
I see Night of the Living Dead is being shown tonight
If you're into it, these two teams play tomorrow. You get to watch Archie Bradley pitch again, so there's incentive to watch.