With Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller throwing duds in their debuts, Patrick Corbin looked to flip the script in the series finale. Unfortunately for the D-backs, a new pitcher doesn't guarantee a different story.
The Rockies jumped on Corbin from the get-go, allowing a leadoff single to D.J LeMahieu and Trevor Story hammering his 4th home run of the season to left-center field for a 2-0 Rockies lead. It's insane what he is doing at the plate right now as a rookie.
Corbin responded well, getting the next 7 outs while allowing just a single hit to Ryan Raburn, but the 3rd saw Corbin in trouble again, giving up a homer to LeMahieu on a fastball right down the middle for a 3-0 Rockies lead.
However, the offense was not to be denied in their half of the 3rd inning. Corbin and Ahmed reached on singles to start things off. Jean Segura hit a tapper to the mound for an easy double play, but Chatwood threw wide of 2nd base and Story couldn't handle the throw allowing Segura to reach on the error. Owings scored the D-backs first run of the game on a fielder's choice grounder to shortstop, allowing Corbin to score and advancing Ahmed to third with one out and Paul Goldschmidt at the plate. On a pitch in, Goldschmidt was hit by the pitch, loading the bases with just one out and David Peralta in a perfect position to open the game up for the good guys. He grounded out to shortstop, but with the shift on Story was unable to turn the double play and made the score 3-2 Rockies on top. Chatwood finally ended the inning, getting another ground ball from Jake Lamb to retire the side and hold the lead.
Things were quiet from both sides offensively until the 7th, when Ryan Raburn lifted a ball to left field. Drury drifted on the ball and before you knew it, it just left the yard for a home run and made things 4-2 Rockies.
The D-backs threatened in their half of the 7th with pinch hitter Phil Gosselin singling to center. After an Ahmed fielder's choice, Jean Segura blooped a single to right, bringing the go-ahead run up to the plate and moving the runner to 3rd base. Walt Weiss had seen enough from Chatwood, and made a pitching change to bring on Miguel Castro. It worked, with Castro getting Owings to strike out. On the play, Segura took 2nd base on a steal attempt and Goldy stepped to the plate who promptly walked to load things up for David Peralta. Unfortunately Weiss brought on Boone LOOG(Y)an and he induced an easy ground out to end the threat and escape the inning with the lead the same.
Things were pretty quiet the rest of the way, with both teams going down in order in the 8th. The 9th was more of the same for the Rockies, going to 1-2-3. But with the game on the line and Jake McGee pitching, the team needed an answer. Rickie Weeks fouled out to 1st but Nick Ahmed continued his hot start, driving a shot to left field for a home run, closing the gap to 4-3. The rest of the middle infielders couldn't do the same, with Jean Segura and Chris Owings flying out to Carlos Gonzalez in right field to end the game, giving the Rockies the opening series win.
Moby Dick - Jean Segura (+16.4%)
Anything Steven Burt writes - David Peralta, Chris Owings (-19.6%)
Solid turnout for an afternoon game on a Wednesday, with 34 people showing up for 671 comments. The chat was enlightening as usual. Comment of the thread goes to preston.salisbury.
Disappointing way to start the season for sure, but I think we can all rest assured our top-3 pitchers won't allow three home runs each start. Baseball is finally here, and a dark a dreary offseason, let's enjoy ourselves. Stay tuned to AZsnakepit for the Cubs series preview, it's a good one.