Both teams went quietly in the first. The Diamondbacks went down in order, and while the Rockies got a lead off walk from Charlie Blackmon, that was all they managed. The second inning was a bit more eventful for both teams, however. David Peralta lead the inning off with a single. Two outs later, Wellington Castillo brought him home with a home run to put the Diamondbacks up by two, but they weren't done there. The very next batter, Nick Ahmed, hit a solo home run of his own to give them a three run lead.
The Rockies did answer back in the bottom of the inning. Willin Rosario hit a one-out double and was then brought home by Nick Hundley's single. Then it rained. For about 38 minutes. And we were bored and without baseball, and it was sad indeed. Then the rains passed, Chase Anderson came back out to pitch, and got the next two outs without any problem. 3-1 Diamondbacks.
In the third, the Diamondbacks tried to score again, but thanks to some bad luck and just bad hitting, didn't manage anything. A. J. Pollock singled, and then was ruled safe again after the Rockies challenged an unsuccessful pick off attempt. However, he was taken off the basepaths thanks to Jake Lamb lining into an unassisted double play by Rosario. Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta hit back-to-back, two-out singles to put runners on the corners, but then Aaron Hill flew out to end the inning and the threat.
The Rockies went down in order in the bottom of the third, and the Dbacks went quietly as well in the top of the fourth. Getting the Rockies a little closer, Nolan Aranado hit the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth to make the score 3-2. However, Pollock answered back with a solo home run of his own in the top of the fifth to make the score 4-2.
Then everything went haywire and the Curse of Mount .500 continued. Brandon Barnes lead off the inning with a single and then was moved to second by a Kyle Kendrick sacrifice bunt. Charlie Blackmon hit an RBI double to bring him home. D. J. LeMehieu walked. Blackmon then scored on a Troy Tulowitzki single, which moved LeMehieu to second and tied the game. The next batter, Nolan Arenado hit a three run home run to break the tie, and then two batters later, Wilin Rosario homered to put the Rockies up by four. That was the end of the road for Chase Anderson. Randell Delgado came in, and successfully finished off the inning.
He also pitched a clean sixth inning, sitting down Brandon Barnes, Kyle Kendrick, and Blackmon down in order. David Hernandez came in for the seventh, promptly giving up a home run to make it 9-4, and honestly after that, I stopped paying attention and just focused on recapping the game. The Rockies added a run in the seventh and eighth and the Dbacks added one in eight as well. It really didn't matter, though, as the Rockies cruised to an easy victory.
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Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Wellington Castillo, 13.7%
Legend of Zelda: Four Swords - Chase Anderson, -50.2%
Well, that has to be one of the lowest WPA's I've seen while recapping. Anyway, a busy gameday thread, considering the outcome and how they got there, with almost 700 comments at time of writing. It was pretty evenly spread out between 32 people, with preston.salisbury leading the way with 75, GuruB with 69, and freeland1787 with 61. All present were:
Augdogs, AzRattler, Clefo, DbacksSkins, DeadmanG, Diamondhacks, GuruB, James Attwood, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, JoelPre, Makakilo, MrMrrbi, Nate Rowan, SongBird, Sprankton, Xerostomia, Zavada's Moustache, bbtng, catbat, ford.williams.10, freeland1787, gamepass, hotclaws, imstillhungry95, luckycc, noblevillain, onedotfive, piratedan7, preston.salisbury, shoewizard, since_98
Not really any comments worthy of the title CotN tonight. Maybe tomorrow. Join us then for another 5:40 start time. Same two teams face off in Colorado once again. Be there.