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Preview #99: 7/21: Diamondbacks vs Rockies

How will the D-backs respond to last night’s slugfest lost?

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Lineups

Charlie Blackmon - CF Jon Jay - LF
Gerardo Parra - LF Ketel Marte - 2B
Nolan Arenado - 3B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Carlos Gonzalez - RF A.J. Pollock - CF
Trevor Story - SS Steven Souza - RF
Ian Desmond - 1B Nick Ahmed - SS
Garrett Hampson - 2B Chris Owings - 3B
Chris Iannetta - C John Ryan Murphy - C
Kyle Freeland - LHP Zack Godley - RHP

As noted in last night’s recap, this is only the sixth time in franchise history that the D-backs have lost when scoring double-digits runs. What happened in the games after the previous five such defeats?

Sep 23, 1998: D-backs 11 @ Rockies 14. The D-backs blew a 6-2 lead after three, allowing a six-spot in the fifth. Trailing 11-6, they tied things up in the seventh, but immediately allowed Colorado to regain the lead. Next game: W 6-3 vs. SDP.

Sep 16, 2000: D-backs 10, Braves 12. A five-run third and four-run fifth put Arizona eight runs back. But they scored six in the ninth to make things interesting, before John Rocker came in to K Greg Colbrunn, Danny Klassen and Alex Cabrera on 13 pitches. Next game: L 7-1 vs. ATL

Apr 9, 2005: D-backs 10, Dodgers 12. No big frames here, with the most scored by other side in an inning being four. This was tied at eight in regulation. Los Angeles scored four off Mike Gosling in the 12th, and though Arizona got two back in the bottom half, left the tying run on first. Next game: W 5-4 vs. LAD.

May 17, 2006: D-backs 10, Padres 14. San Diego (with Dave Roberts batting leadoff) scored nine in the first inning off Juan Cruz, but they’d need them all and more. An 8-run sixth, including a grand-slam by Tony Clark and a two-run homer from Eric Byrnes, made it 11-10 before San Diego pulled away off Luis Vizcaino. Next game: W 10-9 vs. ATL.

Apr 24, 2016. D-backs 10, Pirates 12. Arizona scored first, but Pittsburgh used a five-run fourth to go 8-4 up. The D-backs forced extras with two in the eighth and two more in the ninth. The teams traded two-spots in the 12th, but when the Pirates got two more in the 13th, the D-backs were done. Next game: W 12-7 vs. STL.

So, the D-backs have gone 4-1 in the previous similar encounters, which is a) encouraging for this evening’s contest, and b) small sample size, but provides a bit of evidence for momentum perhaps being not so important. Here’s to that being the case tonight, and the Diamondbacks rebounding to even the series.