Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley set-down the first nine batters he faced, using 35 pitches. The Rockies’ Josh Outman meanwhile used 69 and faced 18 batters to record the nine outs that comprised his performance. The Dbacks generated five runs with those nine outs and buried Colorado early on their way to a 6-1 victory Wednesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Miley went on to pitch eight innings, allowing a run on three hits and striking-out five. He remained perfect for 13 batters, until Rockies’ first-baseman Jason Giambi doubled with one out in the fifth. Giambi moved to third on a ground-out by Jordan Pacheco and scored on Wilin Rosario’s single for Colorado’s only run of the night. David Hernandez finished for Arizona.
The Diamondbacks’ offense struck early, as Ryan Roberts singled with one out in the first, moved-up on a Chris Young ground-out and scored on Paul Goldschmidt’s double. Goldschmidt went 3 for 4 with three RBI and has now hit in 14 straight. Arizona added a run in the second when Gerardo Parra singled with one out and moved to third on an Outman wild-pitch and Miley’s sacrifice bunt, then scored on an AJ Pollack single.
The wheels really came-off for Outman in the third when he walked Young leading-off, then allowed another RBI double to Goldschmidt. After Miguel Montero’s grounder moved Goldschmidt over to third, the first-baseman scored on a double by second-baseman Aaron Hill. A Parra grounder moved Hill to third before he scored on yet another double, this one by shortstop John McDonald. By the time Miley grounded-out Marco Scutaro to Giambi, Arizona had five on the board, and the Rockies’ offense declined to respond. Goldschmidt dropped the coup-de-gras in the seventh, homering to right-field off Colorado reliever Adam Ottavino.
Both teams head into inter-league play following a day-off. The Diamondbacks will host Oakland, while Colorado returns to Coors Field to greet the Angels. LAAo’A will throw-up CJ Wilson, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana. The Rockies will counter with Alex White on Friday and Christian Friedrich Sunday. Saturday’s starter for Colorado has not been determined.
Rox, Dbacks Square-Off to Settle Series
Offense Endeavors to Rise Up After Shutout
The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks face-off tonight at Chase Field in Phoenix at 7:40 MDT in a rubber match to decide the teams’ three-game series. Colorado shut-out Arizona 4-0 on Monday night behind Christian Friedrich. The Dbacks and Ian Kennedy returned the favor yesterday, pounding the Rockies 10-0. Josh Outman (0-1, 5.63) goes for Colorado this evening against Arizona’s Wade Miley (6-2, 2.72) in a clash of lefties. It’ll be Outman’s second start since taking over from Jamie Moyer, DFA’d on May 30. Moyer signed a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles earlier today and has been assigned to triple-A Norfolk. Outman will try to get into the fifth on an 80 pitch limit as he transitions from relief into a starting role.
Miley made a similar transition for Arizona on April 23 and has won four of six decisions since, including three straight before falling 7-1 to San Diego on June 1. The Dbacks had their bats out in last night’s victory after being silenced on Monday. The Rockies meanwhile struck-out 16 times against Arizona pitching, 12 of those to Kennedy.
Jason Giambi will start at first base tonight for Colorado, Todd Helton resting after taking a rough dive on defense in Tuesday’s game on the heels of a Monday night slide into home that shook him up. Colorado’s offense is looking to regain the swagger that resulted in seven wins over its past nine outings after a dismal spring. The two NL West Division rivals will line-up like this:
|CF Dexter Fowler
SS Marco Scutaro
LF Carlos Gonzalez
RF Michael Cuddyer
1B Jason Giambi
3B Jordan Pacheco
C Wilin Rosario
2B DJ LeMahieu
P Josh Outman
|LF AJ Pollack
3B Ryan Roberts
CF Chris Young
1B Paul Goldschmidt
C Miguel Montero
2B Aaron Hill
RF Gerardo Parra
SS Jason McDonald
P Wade Miley