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Snake Bytes 8/13: Rocky Mountain Rojas

Arizona snaked its way back to victory after a 4-0 deficit in the first inning.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Arizona Diamondbacks 8, Colorado Rockies 6

[D’] Rojas sparks D-backs with bat, glove in debut - The D-backs made a roster move prior to Monday’s series opener that manager Torey Lovullo admitted was made to help jumpstart his club’s offense following a quiet three-game series in Los Angeles. That move paid off, at least for one night. Joshua Rojas was called up to make his Major League debut, and he delivered two hits, including an RBI single to bring in an insurance run in the seventh inning of the 8-6 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. On top of all that, the 25-year-old made a great play in left field, running down a Nolan Arenado fly ball headed into the spacious left-center field gap. According to Statcast, the catch probability on the play was 30 percent, making it a four-star catch. Rojas needed to cover 82 feet in 4.8 seconds, and he made the play look relatively easy.

[Arizona Sports] D-backs offense picks up Merrill Kelly, takes down Rockies - Midway through another uninspiring start by Merrill Kelly, the D-backs were staring at a 6-3 deficit in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies and a potential third loss in a row. Three homers later and they controlled the game with a 7-6 lead, one they extended to 8-6 and then held for a win in Colorado. Nick Ahmed hit a two-run homer in that inning and finished with four RBIs after a two-RBI single in the fourth. Jake Lamb and Carson Kelly sandwiched Ahmed’s dinger with the solo variety in the sixth.

[AZ Central] Arizona Diamondbacks rally to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-6 - Rockies starter Peter Lambert was cruising along until the fourth inning when he struggled to find the strike zone. He walked the opening three batters before getting a 1-2-3 double play. Two pitches later, Ahmed brought in two runs with a double to deep center to make it 4-3. Lambert finished with five walks, one intentional, over five innings. He gave up three runs. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said the mood in the clubhouse is one of complete frustration after a 1-5 trip added to their growing miseries. They were outscored 25-9 in two losses at Houston and then dropped three of four in San Diego. “You don’t want to get embarrassed like that or get beat up like that,” Arenado said. “That team (Houston) is better than us. The Padres, they played well. … They’re getting better. It shows that we have a long ways to go.”

Diamondbacks News

[The Athletic] ‘You have to be sure’: Diamondbacks will be careful about another Zack Greinke-sized commitment - Zack Greinke was worth his contract. That’s what Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen has said numerous times, and he wasn’t even the executive who made the decision to sign the right-hander for a whopping $206.5 million over six years. FanGraphs’ Dollars metric almost agrees with him. It judges Greinke to have been worth $109.4 million in free-agent production since the start of his contract while being paid about $125 million. For a past-his-prime player throwing 89 mph, that’s pretty good. Yet despite the 35-year-old Greinke remaining one of the very best pitchers in baseball, with no signs of his performance dropping off, the Diamondbacks had to eat $24 million to be able to trade him for a decent prospect package.

[Arizona Sports] D-backs call up Josh Rojas, 1st player in Greinke trade to make the majors - Josh Rojas, who was acquired as one of four players in the trade of Zack Greinke at the July 31 trade deadline, has been selected from Triple-A Reno to the Arizona Diamondbacks roster. The team will designate utility player Blake Swihart for assignment in a corresponding move, the team announced. The 25-year-old Rojas got off to a blazing start with the Aces connecting on hits in 11 of his first 16 at-bats, good for a .688 batting average. He has since cooled down and now sports a .514 batting average, having gone 18-for-35 in eight total games played with three home runs, 14 RBIs and an OPS of 1.518. Overall this season, he has played in 105 games at the Triple-A and Double-A levels, hitting .332 with 23 homers, 83 RBIs, 57 walks and 33 steals.

Around the League

[FanGraphs] Paul Goldschmidt Is Surging - Since June 30, Goldschmidt has been, well, he’s been Paul Goldschmidt. He’s batting .302/.350/.635, good for a 150 wRC+. His walks haven’t rebounded, but his power has returned with a vengeance (.333 ISO), and his 12 home runs have him batting above .300 with only a .313 BABIP. This version of Goldschmidt isn’t quite the same as his Arizona peak, but he’s providing roughly the same value at the plate. When a change this dramatic occurs, there are four stories we can tell about it. One, maybe he was getting unlucky before, and his true talent level is what he’s currently displaying. Two, maybe he’s getting lucky now, and the earlier “cold” streak is the right level. Three, which is the most common story, is that he was getting unlucky before and lucky now. Four, maybe something changed.

[San Francisco Chronicle] Half-million in jewelry, electronics stolen from A-Rod’s SUV in San Francisco, sources say - A thief smashed into baseball legend Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez’s rental vehicle Sunday night in San Francisco, making off with an estimated half-million dollars worth of jewelry and electronics, sources familiar with the investigation told The Chronicle. Rodriguez was in town broadcasting the Giants-Phillies game for ESPN and he left his car on the 400 block of Brannan Street, about three blocks from Oracle Park, sources said. Sometime between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., someone broke into a vehicle in that location and stole a camera, a laptop, miscellaneous jewelry and a bag, said Officer Adam Lobsinger, a San Francisco police spokesman. (I’m sorry, but who the hell in their right mind leaves half a million dollars worth of property in a rental vehicle parked on the street? Someone clearly didn’t grow up in a rough neighborhood. You’d be lucky to find a garage door opener in my car.)

[Sports Illustrated] Who’s Going to Win the Chaotic NL Wild-Card Race? - The National League wild-card race is a big stupid mess. With Sunday’s games in the books, six teams are within five games of the second spot, with Washington and St. Louis hanging onto postseason positions for dear life. How long they can dig their fingernails into the cliff for the next six-plus weeks depends on whether the group behind them can put together a run. The Mets are the latest of those clubs to get red-hot, but even that blazing stretch has only put them in the thick of the race instead of at the top of the heap.