It took Drew Pomeranz seven pitches to get Adam Eaton to ground out to short. It took him seven to get Aaron Hill to fly out to center. With 2-out, Pomeranz thought to himself, “what a great time to walk somebody!” Justin Upton reached on five pitches, then Paul Goldschmidt doubled him home to score the 1st of 15 Arizona Diamondback runs as they drubbed the Colorado Rockies 15-5 Friday night at Coors Field. Pomeranz used 26 pitches in the 1st.
The Rockies came back with 2 in the bottom to take the lead. Dexter Fowler singled leading-off. Josh Rutledge doubled him-in and moved to 3rd on a ground-out by Jordan Pacheco. Wilin Rosario, who threw two pick-off attempts into the outfield and allowed two pitches through to the screen, lined a single to left to score Rutledge.
Pomeranz threw 30 pitches in the 2nd, but escaped unscathed with the lead. Not so much in the 3rd. He threw 29. He walked Upton again, leading-off, using 6. Then he walked Goldschmidt. That took 8. Miguel Montero doubled the runners in and advanced to 3rd on a Chris Johnson fly ball. Gerardo Parra consumed 5 pitches on his way to a sacrifice fly, plating Montero. Arizona led 4-2. Pomeranz was done: 3 innings, 85 pitches (50 strikes), 4 hits, 5 walks.
Colorado, still conscious, tied it in the bottom. Pacheco singled and Rosario doubled. A Chris Nelson grounder scored Pacheco, Rosario, who was 3 for 5, to 3rd. Andrew Brown lifted a sacrifice fly to left, Rosario making it 4-4 on a poor throw from Parra.
Alex White came on for the Rockies and had two outs after only 4 pitches before Upton singled to left, then stole 2nd-base. White walked Goldschmidt, then surrendered a single to Montero that scored Upton, and a double to Johnson that scored Goldschmidt. After Parra was walked (intentionally) John McDonald got his ups against White, grounding a single to left that brought Montero and Johnson around. 8-4 Arizona. 22 pitches. Colorado was comfortably numb.
15 pitches and another run into the 5th and White was finished. 1 1/3, 5 runs, 5 hits, 3 walks. On came Josh Outman and 11 tosses later the Rockies were at bat, but not for long, retired 1-2-3. Back for more, Outman gave-up singles to Parra and McDonald. Parra, who had stolen 2nd, was nailed at the plate attempting to score on McDonald’s single by a fine throw from Brown in left-field. Outman got winning pitcher Wade Miley (16-10) to ground-out, but Eaton hammered an 82 mph slider into the right-field seats to make it 11-4. Outman went 1 2/3, 23 pitches, 2 runs, 4 hits.
Josh Roenicke was next. Montero singled with one out and Johnson drove him home with a homer to left. 18 pitches, 2 runs, 2 hits. 13-5. On to Matt Belisle, and a single by Eaton and double from Hill made it 14-5. Fearless Will Harris came on for the 9th and former Rockie Wil Nieves greeted him with a ground single through shortstop. Johnson, 3 for 6 with 3 RBI, singled him to 2nd and Nieves came around on ground-outs by Parra and pinch-hitter Jack Elmore. 15-5.
Miley went 6-full and allowed all 5 Colorado runs on 10 hits with 4 strike-outs. Mean-spirited, he walked none. The Diamondbacks evened their record at 75-75 for 2012 with 12 to go. They have a remote outside chance at a wild-card berth. The Rockies meanwhile are 8 losses from 100, also with 12 remaining.
Another energetic tussle is expected between the rivals tomorrow. Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin will try to halt Colorado’s 7-game losing streak against Arizona’s Patrick Corbin. Game time is once again 6:10 at Coors Field.