It wasn’t the worst of outings by Tyler Gilbert. In fact, the teams were still tied when his innings were done, after surrendering four runs on nine hits through five innings. But, Gilbert’s landing spot to follow-up his no-no from last weekend was not particularly kind to him.
Gilbert’s string of hitless frames as a starter came to an end early. Colorado’s Brendan Rodgers singled to right as the Rockies’ second batter of the game. Gilbert fought through five, needing 85 pitches to get that deep. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth which led to a game-tying triple. It was by no means a good outing, but it was serviceable and he did keep his team in the game. Arizona’s offense and bullpen were not up to the task the rest of the way.
David Peralta pinch-hit for Tyler Gilbert in the sixth inning and tripled home Drew Ellis to tie the game at four. After that, it was all downhill for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they again struggled with runners in scoring position and the bullpen was unable to throw a shutdown inning in the bottom of the sixth. The Arizona bullpen combined to allow five runs in three innings, allowing the Rockies to win without the need for the final frame.
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