Apr 28, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Kyle Kendrick throws in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies took on the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night in game two of the three-game series in Phoenix.
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Kyle Kendrick allowed two home runs among ten hits over 4.1 innings pitched, and the Arizona Diamondbacks slugged 15 hits off Colorado Rockies pitching while coasting to a 12-5 victory Tuesday night in Phoneix.
The Diamondbacks started quickly, scoring three in the bottom of the first inning off Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick. Paul Goldschmidt started the party for the Dbacks, singling home AJ Pollock. Mark Trumbo then tripled, scoring Goldschmidt and Chris Owings, to give the Dbacks an early cushion.
The Rockies got one back in the second inning, but it wasn’t the way they wanted it. Carlos Gonzalez hit a 115-mph line drive off the face of Dbacks starter Archie Bradley, knocking him out of the game. Bradley walked off the field under his own power, fortunately.
Andrew Chafin came on for Bradley with just one out in the second inning, and eventually allowed a Rockies run on a DJ LeMahieu bases loaded single. Unfortunately, though, the Rockies would leave the bases loaded in the second and third innings, and after three full frames, were still down 3-1.
In the top of the fourth, a Kendrick double down the left field line followed by a Charlie Blackmon double down the right field line made the game 3-2 as Chafin tired in long relief. Troy Tulowitzki then scored Blackmon on a bloop single to tie the game at 3.
The Diamondbacks got two back in the bottom of the fourth when Kendrick allowed a two-run blast to David Peralta. It was the seventh home run Kendrick has allowed in just five starts this season, and made the score 5-3 in favor of Arizona.
In the bottom of the fifth, a Mark Trumbo two-run blast off Kendrick made it 7-3, and another run scored after Peralta doubled and Kendrick was lifted in favor of Christian Bergman. The Dbacks took an 8-3 lead into the top of the sixth inning, as Kendrick’s ERA increased to 8.36 across his five starts.
Kendrick’s final line saw him toss 4.1 innings, allowing eight runs (all earned) on ten hits and a walk. He didn’t strike anyone out, and allowed two two-run home runs on 69 pitches (38 strikes).
To their credit, Rockies hitters got a run back in the sixth when Blackmon once again made it happen, driving in Nick Hundley with a single to make the game 8-4.
That was about as close as the Rockies would get, though, as the Dbacks pushed forward with a run across against Bergman in the seventh.
In the eighth, Goldschmidt drove in two runners on a double among three total runs scored by the Dbacks in the frame off new Rockies reliever Jorge Rondon, giving Arizona a 12-4 cushion heading to the top of the ninth.
In the ninth, with two outs, Justin Morneau drove in Blackmon with a single off Dbacks closer Addison Reed to make the game 12-5 and extend Morneau’s hot streak. Unfortunately, that was all the Rockies could muster already down more than half a dozen runs.
The Rockies and Diamondbacks will see each other again in the rubber game of the series Wednesday night in Phoenix, with Jordan Lyles taking the hill for the Rockies against Josh Collmenter.