ROX PLAY TO LOSE, AND DO
The Colorado Rockies sleep-walked through their first 9 innings back from a successful road trip, losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-5 Monday night at Coors Field in Denver. Turning once again to that old sportswriter’s trick, Colorado has now lost 6 straight at the friendly confines of 20th and Blake.
Tyler Chatwood (4-3, 3.09) was unremarkable through 4, then coughed-up a 4-1 lead in the 5th on 2-out homers by Jean Segura and Jake Lamb. After Chatwood executed a 1-2-3 6th, Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss, for reasons that presumably date back to Saturday night, threw-up the white flag and turned to right-hander Scott Oberg, who responded by walking 2 of the first 3 Dbacks he faced. Both later scored.
The teams traded runs in the 1st. Segura led-off the game with a double, moved to 3rd on a fielder’s choice and scored on a Paul Goldschmidt sacrifice fly. Colorado answered with a Charlie Blackmon single and Trevor Story double. Story struck again in the 4th. DJ LeMahieu doubled with one out, then Arizona starter Archie Bradley (1-0, 7.84) walked nos. 8 and 9 batters Tony Wolters and Chatwood, and Blackmon knocked-in LeMahieu with a sacrifice fly. Story then ripped Bradley’s 94 MPH fastball straight-back up the middle, where it handcuffed Dbacks’ converted shortstop Chris Owings in center-field and rolled to the wall for a 2-run double.
Chatwood retired the first two in the next frame, then Segura reached for a low and outside 4-seamer and absolutely crushed it on a line into the right-field pavilion. Chatwood proceeded to walk Brandon Drury and surrendered a single to Goldschmidt before Lamb took the first offering he saw deep into the left-field night. Welington Castillo doubled and Chris Herrmann singled for Arizona run no. 6 before Chatwood could extricate himself from the mess.
Oberg suffered his damage in the 7th. Singles by Castillo and Owings knocked-in Goldschmidt and Lamb, who had received the Oberg bases-on-balls. After the righty navigated the 8th the Rockies tried to muster-up a wee bit of resistance but sputtered. Gerardo Parra led-off with a double off of Tyler Clippard, then inexplicably, especially considering the amount of flack he’s been taking from RMH, attempted to steal 3rd and was readily pick-off. Succeeding singles by Mark Reynolds and LeMahieu came to naught as Wolters and pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn made out.
Justin Miller surrendered 2 more in a lackluster 9th, and Colorado got one more back off of Randall Delgado, but the die was cast when Weiss went to Oberg in the 6th. Game 2 of the 3-gamer is tonight, same time, same stations. Chris Rusin will try to rebound from a disastrous performance in last Thursday’s win for the Rockies. Rubby De La Rosa gets the call for the Dbacks.