Apr 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks mascot D. Baxter plays rock, paper, scissors against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Eddie Butler (31) prior to the game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies tripped up Wednesday night in Phoenix, thanks to a Jordan Pacheco home run at the worst time off starter Jordan Lyles.
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Well, it wasn’t pretty, but hopefully the Colorado Rockies have it all out of their system after making the Arizona Diamonbacks’ anemic offense look like a video game roster in the games both Tuesday and Wednesday night.
You can read the game recap here (if you so dare), but honestly, it might just be better to read these tweets. And some assorted game notes below. (Also, that reminds me – you should follow us @RoxPileFS and tweet us during games. You know, if Twitter is your thing.)
The Rockies next play Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in San Diego against the Padres. We’ll see you there, Rockies fans! (No, really, I’m going to Saturday night’s game. Let me know if anybody’s in San Diego!)
- Jordan Lyles wasn’t good. He allowed seven runs on eight hits and five (!!) walks in just five innings, throwing only 48 strikes out of 87 total pitches Wednesday night. Lyles won’t receive the Kendrick treatment, considering this is his first bad appearance this year, but it certainly wasn’t the Jordan Lyles we’ve come to expect.
- Scott Oberg retired all five batters he faced in relief, including striking out the side in the fifth.
- Christian Friedrich and Boone Logan each allowed a run apiece after the game was out of reach to just put the finishing touches on the blowout.
- The Rockies finish April at 11-10, so even with falling flat their last two games in Arizona, a winning month is always a good thing. Now, we’ll see if the club can avoid the seemingly annual May slump.
- DJ LeMahieu got a scheduled day off, replaced by Daniel Descalso at second base. LeMahieu was 0-for-10 lifetime off Diamondbacks’ starter Josh Collmenter.
- Kudos to Purple Dino Podcast for this stat: the last full turn through the rotation, the five Rockies’ starters have gone 25.1 total IP, tossed a 7.82 ERA, a 14-13 K-BB, allowed 5 HR and 14 extra-base hits, and .346 batting average against. Woof is right.
- Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo combined to go 16-for-26 in the series, too.
A not-so-welcome stat on the Rockies’ starting rotation after Jordan Lyles walked five batters in five innings tonight:
On Jordan Pacheco’s fifth inning home run against Jordan Lyles to put the game out of reach:
On Corey Dickerson getting thrown out by David Peralta in the sixth inning, killing, well, at least a one-run rally by the Rockies:
On death, taxes, and, well:
On Scott Oberg being summoned to protect a six-run, um, deficit (?):
On the team the Rockies will face this weekend, the Padres, who are at least struggling, too. Silver linings, man:
On Daniel Descalso’s tough game, and season:
The Rockies next head to San Diego this weekend (after an off day Thursday), and considering the Padres have collapsed, hey, maybe this won’t be so bad… right?