.500 record notwithstanding, the Diamondbacks should've won this game. Rubby de la Rosa was superb, throwing 7 innings of superb ball and only allowed 5 hits and 1 run. We all know how well Rubby can pitch and at times he has shown exactly why the Dbacks targeted him in the Wade Miley trade. He was pinpoint with his control only allowing 1 walk with 29 balls on the day. He cruised through the Rockies and when he reached the end of the 7th at only 92 pitches, Chip Hale decided enough was enough and gave him the hook. Was it a surprise when Hale took him out? Of course. Especially when his last inning was only 16 pitches and really nothing was hard hit against him all day long.
It's easy to look back and question taking de la Rosa out especially after the disaster that was Daniel Hudson, but he was great last night and has probably been the most consistent bullpen member outside of Brad Ziegler. Regardless, things didn't go well. After an off-day, Troy Tulowitzki pinch-hit to lead off the 8th and dumped one immediately into the trees in center field. After that, he just didn't have his usual control. He walked 3 Rockies and allowed 5 runs, 3 of which were earned after an error from Aaron Hill kept the Dbacks in the field. Perez replaced Hudson after his meltdown and wasn't much better, walking 2 batters and not able to escape the threat. Before you knew it, the D-backs went from up 1 in the 8th to down 4.
For the offense, there were many chances to score with 13 runners left on base. The team combined for 9 hits and 5 walks but only scored 4 runs, 2 of them in the 9th. A.J Pollock led things on offense with two hits, scoring and driving in 1 run a piece. Paul Goldschmidt continued his MVP-type season with 1 hit and 2 walks. On the flip side, Yasmany Tomas was awful, going 0 for 5 and leaving 6 runners on base. After a career-high 4 hits last night, the bat ran dry against Jorge de la Rosa.
pretty good: Rubby de la Rosa (+36.8%)
still good: A.J Pollock (+26.5%), Welington Castillo (+13.8%)
pretty bad: Daniel Hudson (-56.1%)
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The Diamondbacks head to San Diego for a series with the Padres starting tomorrow.