Today was a good day to be a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks as they improved to 7-1 on this most recent road swing, including taking two of three from the Colorado Rockies, the other team in the NL West that just refuses to go away. After Colorado and Arizona split the first two games, the stakes were raised for today’s matinee.
Colorado sent impressive rookie, Antonio Senzatela to the mound. He made quick work of the Diamondbacks in the first inning. The Diamondbacks responded by sending Zack Godley to the mound. It didn’t take long for Colorado to show that they had come to play on both sides of the ball. Charlie Blackmon decided to do Charlie Blackmon things and launched a leadoff home run to center field to give the Rockies an early lead. To his credit, Godley did not let this rattle him. No more damage was done, though Nolan Arenado did reach base with a hit as well. They didn’t know it yet, but the Colorado fans should have savored that moment.
The Diamondbacks played some old-fashioned small ball in the second inning. Herrmann slapped a one-out hit to center. Fuentes followed that up with another single to right to chase Herrmann to third. Jeff Mathis then grounded out to Trevor Story to drive in Herrmann and tie the game. Godley then grounded out to end the top of the inning before heading back out to the mound. In the bottom half of the inning, the Rockies were summarily directed to sit down, the Diamondbacks needed the field for batting practice.
Jeremy Hazelbaker led off the third with a single. Ahmed moved him over to seconds with a grounder to third. That brought up Paul Goldschmidt who lined a single to center that scored Hazelbaker. Lamb followed that up with a walk. That brought up Chris Owings who decided he would show the heavy hitters how hitting is done. He lined a missile into the left-center field seats to make the score five to one. The Rockies apparently came to the plate in the bottom of the inning, but no one remembers, they were done so fast.
Jeff Mathis led off the fourth with a single, and was then sacrificed over to second by Zack Godley. Hazelbaker drew a walk, bringing up Nick Ahmed, batting in the two-hole. Ahmed singled to left, scoring Mathis and driving Hazelbaker to third. That brought Paul Goldschmidt to the plate with two on. Apparently, he was taking notes in the third inning when Chris Owings deposited one into the seats. Goldschmidt got a decent barrel on a ball that he lifted into right. The ball just kept going, landing a number of rows into the seats. Boom! Diamondbacks are up nine to one. That was the end of the excitement in the fourth, for both teams.
The fifth, sixth, and seventh innings went by quickly, especially for Colorado, as Godley continued to mow them down, reaching 13 in a row and 17 of 18, the one being erased by a double play way back in the third inning.
The Diamondbacks scored again in the eighth inning, this time with Zack Godley getting in on the fun, driving in Chris Herrmann. In the bottom half of the inning, Colordao started to make some noise, scoring two before Chafin and Hoover restored order.
The Diamondbacks put runners on first and third with no one out in the ninth inning and brining Lamb, Owings, and Herrmann to the plate. Somehow, they all struck out and failed to push a run across the plate. Jorge De La Rosa came out for the ninth inning and made quick work of the Rockies.
This gave the Diamondbacks a 10-3 victory and a series win, bringing them into a tie with Colorado for second place in the NL West.
Not a bad turnout in the gameday thread today. There were 37 commenters accounting for 429 comments. smartplays led the way with 59. All present were:
AzDbackfanInDc, BenSharp, BigSmarty, BobDolio, Cumulus Choir, DORRITO, DbacKid, DeadManG, Diamondhacks, Gilbertsportsfan, GuruB, Kram Isterpf, Makakilo, Michael McDermott, MikeDavisAZ, MrMrrbi, PaulGoldsmith, Rcastillo, Renin, Sean Testerman, SongBird, Umbrella24, Xipooo, asteroid, coldblueAZ, ford.williams.10, frienetic, hotclaws, kylegibbie, megnetic, onedotfive, piratedan7, preston.salisbury, ryeandi, scottiej21, smartplays, winger49
May be tough to get on Senzatela today with this batting line up
Steve Nash: Chris Owings (15.2%)
Shawn Marion: Zack Godley, pitching (11.7%), Paul Godlschmidt (10.3%)
William Bedford: Nick Ahmed (-0.2%)