Madison Bumgarner pitched well but was the victim of some bad luck and the consistently inconsistent offense rallied but came up short in the end.
Through the first half of this game the Diamondback offense continued to frustrate and befuddle. They managed at least one baserunner in each of the first five innings but were 0-2 W/RISP and had left 5 runners on base.
Meanwhile Bumgarner was pitching a very good game early. He retired the first 7 batters he faced. But then Elias Diaz got the Rockies first hit on a seeing eye grounder up the middle. Rockies starter Anthony Senzatela bunted him over to 2nd and THAT MAN Tapia came to the plate with a 2 out RBI opportunity. Sure enough he delivered with a sharp single up the middle to score Diaz and give the Rockies a 1-0 lead. Bum managed to pick off Tapia trying to steal 3rd to limit the damage.
With two outs in the bottom of the 4th Eduardo Escobar made his team leading 8th error when he let a sharp hit grounder by C.J. Cron play him instead of the other way around. The ball bounced off his glove into left. Escobar has been making a lot of great plays charging in on the ball, but his errors seem to come when he plays back and lets the ball play him. This error cost Madbum. Josh Fuentes knocked a curveball through the hole into left that ended up a double as outfielders Peralta and Reddick were slow to close on the ball. Brendan Rodgers then dunked the first pitch he saw into right scoring Cron and Fuentes, giving the Rockies a 3-0 lead. Some how Bum managed to be the cutoff man on the throw back in when he failed to back up home. He bounced back with another 3 up 3 down inning in the 5th.
The Diamondbacks finally broke out in the top of the 6th. Escobar lead off with a check swing grounder into left against a shift with nobody there. Peralta followed suit by punching one the other way into left with Trevor Story shifted behind the second base bag. And FINALLY. Josh Reddick knocked a double into right center scoring Escobar for the D-backs first run and giving them 2nd 3rd with nobody out. That was all for Senzatela as Bud Black went to his bullpen bringing in Tyler Kinley to face Stephen Vogt. He grounded sharply to C.J. Cron who couldn’t handle it and was charged an error. Kinley completely failed to cover firstbase on the play as Peralta ran home. Ahmed chased a high fastball and popped out in foul ground to 3rd baseman Josh Fuentes. Van Meter then hit a sac fly to right to tie up the ball game at 3-3.
The Rockies answer right back, jumping Bumgarner in the bottom half, as 5 of the first 6 Rockies batters swung at the first pitch. Story knocked the first pitch from Madbum into the left field corner on the fly for a double and Charlie Blackmon then hit the first pitch HE saw just over the wall in right for a two run homer and a 5-3 Colorado lead. David Peralta then played a sinking liner off the bat of Cron into a double. A pop fly into shallow right flummoxed Pavin Smith and Josh Rojas neither making the play on a ball that should have been caught. Bumgarner then hit Brendan Rodgers with a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. With Colorado swinging at so many first pitches it all happened so fast that the Dbacks couldn’t quite manage to get a reliever warmed up quickly enough. Garrett Hampson hit into a force that scored a run, and then with Elias Diaz at the plate Bumgarner uncorked a wild pitch to bring in Fuentes with another run, the 4th of the Rockies inning making it 7-3. Bum was late to the plate on that play as well. That was all the scoring mercifully.
Bumgarner really pitched better than his final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, driving his season ERA back up to 4.53.
The Diamondbacks were not done though. With Yency Almonte now on to pitch for Colorado, Smith singled into left to lead off the 7th and Josh Rojas banged one off the wall in right for a double. Escobar then Launched a bullet line drive 3 run homer to right to bring the tally to 7-6. That was Eddie’s 12 homer and 5th in his last 8 games, and his league leading 35th RBI .
Peralta drew a walk and that was all for Almonte as Black went to the pen again bringing in Mychal Givens. Josh Reddick hit a sharp line drive right into the glove of Cron to double off Peralta. Vogt roped a two out double and walks to Ahmed and VanMeter loaded the bases. Black went to his third reliever of the inning, right Hander Carlos Estevaz to face pinch hitter Andrew Young. Young made contact, blooping it into shallow left. But THAT MAN Raimel Tapia made a diving catch to rob the hit and save two runs.
Taylor Clarke worked a scoreless 7th, and the top of the D-backs order went 3 up 3 down in the top of the 8th. Joakim Soria came on to pitch the bottom half of the inning and worked around a one out single for a scoreless inning of his own. It should be pointed out that we just got two scoreless inning from the pen to keep the game close. That’s worth mentioning, right ?
Peralta lead off the 9th with a double that hit the top of the wall, just missing being a game tying homer. Reddick struck out, Vogt popped out and Ketel Marte, pinch hitting for Ahmed struck out to end the game. Despite scoring 6 runs the D-backs squandered many opportunities, going just 2 for 10 w/RISP and eaving 10 men on base in the game.
Post Game Player Reaction:
Josh Rojas: He was glad to see the offense show what they can do. On the two plays on pop flies in the game, first between him and Smith and the second one with VanMeter Josh felt like he needed to be more aggressive and call infielders off the ball. Something he’s learned for the future.
Madison Bumgarner: He said it’s tough to evaluate an outing at Coors field. He felt like he threw the ball well, but obviously looking at his pitching line and the result is frustrating. There were a couple plays where he didn’t back up home and also was late to the plate on a wild pitch. Asked if the adductor was an issue he said no it wasn’t. Asked if it was a focus issue he said, “I don’t know, the game is moving a little faster down on the field than it is up top”
Torey Lovullo: He acknowledged that Bum was out of position on the ball he cut off when not backing up home. He said that’s something they’ll discuss internally to clean up.
The Name of this WPA Graph is “Coors Gonna Coors”. (Hat Tip Jim)
WPA seems unfair,
Peralta + .268 and Escobar +.092 lead the way, while Bumgarner’s -.380 was the big loser.
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Series finale is tomorrow at 12:10 Arizona Time, Taylor Widener makes his first start back from the IL facing off against Jon Gray.
I won’t be around for this one, as I’ll be off to play some Golf. Have a great rest of weekend all.