Other than an 11 pitch walk for David Peralta, and a Nolan Arenado single, neither team managed much in the first inning. The Rockies, specifically Ian Desmond, got to Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks defense in the bottom of the second however. Desmond singled on a swinging bunt. Jake Lamb went to field it, but threw it away and the runner was able to advance to second. Trevor Story came to the plate. Greinke threw a wild pitch, which allowed Desmond to take third. In an attempt to get Desmond, Jeff Mathis threw the ball away, and he was able to score. 1-0 Rockies
In the fourth, the Diamondbacks put together a bit of a threat. With one out, Lamb and Owings singled off German Marquez to put runners on the corners. Brandon Drury hit a shallow pop up for the second out, and Descalso grounded out to end the inning.
Meanwhile, Greinke was on fire. After the poor defense in the second inning, he sat down the side in order in the 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th innings. The only real blemish was a solo home run off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez. You really couldn’t have asked for more.
In the eighth, the Diamondbacks offense decided to show up. David Peralta lead the inning off. He hit a home run off reliever Chris Rusin. That knocked Rusin out of the game, bringing in Adam Ottavino. Goldschmidt was the first player to face Ottavino and he homered off the first pitch he threw, giving the Diamondbacks the lead. 3-2 Diamondbacks
Sadly, it wouldn’t last long. With how well Greinke had been pitching, sending him out for the eighth seemed like the right choice, but he had some struggles. He had to face the heart of the Rockies very potent lineup and they made him pay. Charlie Blackmon and Desmond hit back to back, one out singles, bringing Nolan Arenado, he of the almost as good as Goldschmidt season, to the plate. He tripled, bringing home both runs, and taking the lead.
And that was the ball game. The Dbacks managed to get the tying run into scoring position, but a good play by their closer Greg Holland to get Gregor Blanco at first on a tapper at the plate ended it. 4-3 Rockies
Seems like a fitting theme for this roller coaster of a game. Pretty good turn out in the GDT with 719 comments. Almost half of those were split between DC and Justin27 with 145 and 138 respectively. All present were:
AYCHSTACKS, AzDbackfanInDc, AzRattler, BigSmarty, Cumulus Choir, DORRITO, Gilbertsportsfan, GuruB, I suppose I'm a Pessimist, Imstillhungry95, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, Joey Lewis, Justin27, Keegan Thompson, Makakilo, Michael McDermott, MrMrrbi, TylerO, asteroid, catbat, coldblueAZ, hotclaws, onedotfive, since_98, smartplays, winger49
It’s hard not to get disappointed at a lost like this in a big game, but we have to remember, there are 12 games left against the Rockies this season and another two games in this series alone. We can still leave Colorado with a piece of first place, and we can’t lose sight of that. It’s just one game. We’ll get them tomorrow.