The Diamondbacks were even quicker to score tonight than they were this afternoon. Paul Goldschmidt felt really, really bad about the events of the first game, so he went ahead and hit a solo home run in his at bat in the first inning to give Arizona an early lead. It wouldn't last long, though, as Rubby de la Rosa struggled in the bottom of the inning. A lead off single to Charlie Blackmon started things off. However, Blackmon tried to take second, and was thrown out. Cristhian Adames doubled. Carlos Gonzalez lined out, but a Nolan Arenado singled, scoring Adames. During Ben Paulson's at bat, Rubby balked, sending Arenado to second. That probably was what allowed Arenado to score on the double that Paulson hit. 2-1 Rockies
It stayed that way until the third inning. Rubby had been getting into more of a grove over the last six outs, but he gave up a home run to Arenado to extend Colorado's lead by one. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks offense was being ineffective. A double play ended any threats they may have mounted in the second, and then they left a runner at third in the third.
Kyle Kendrick was pulled from the game by the Rockies after just four innings. I didn't hear any official word on why, but speculation in the GDT was because in his return from the DL, he never actually threw a rehab game, just bullpen sessions, so they were going easy on him. He left with a lead, but he wasn't eligible for the win. He was replaced by Christian Bergman, who shut down the Dbacks over the course of the fifth and sixth innings.
In the seventh, Bergman was replaced by Scott Oberg. This pitching change went much better for the Dbacks than the last one. Oberg failed to record an out, and gave up two runs. He hit Phil Gosslen in the first at bat of the inning and then walked Owings. That brought up Aaron Hill, pinch hitting for Rubby. Hill hit a two base knock to score both runners, tie the game, and force Oberg out of the game. Kyle Parker came in to pitch. He didn't do much better. After getting Ender Inciarte out, he gave up a two run home run to AJ Pollock to give the Dbacks a 5-3 lead.
To finish off the game, Enrique Burgos struck out the side swinging in the eighth, and Collmenter came in to finish them off in the last two innings. Dbacks sweep a double header against the Rockies for the second time this season, with a final score of 5-3
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Zombie Night: Aaron Hill, 23%
Dbacks Zubaz night Wellington Castillo, -18%
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Only one game tomorrow, with a start time of 5:40 Arizona time. Chase Anderson looks to silence the Rockies and lead the Diamondbacks to a series win. See you there!