Jordan Lyles kept the Colorado Rockies in the game Wednesday, something few Rockies starters have done this season. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks took the field for the second time Wednesday afternoon, with game two of their rain-induced doubleheader.
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After a disappointing showing in game one Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies took the field for game two behind starter Jordan Lyles needing a win to snap a six-game losing streak.
Lyles threw seven innings and pitched well enough to keep the Rockies in the game, but the offense couldn’t pick him up and the Colorado Rockies lost 5-1 Wednesday afternoon in game two of their doubleheader with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Both Lyles and Diamondbacks hurler Robbie Ray started quickly, with very little action taking place early in the game.
In the third inning, Rockies manager Walt Weiss was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Miller for arguing balls and strikes after Lyles struck out, Weiss’ first ejection of the season.
In the fourth inning, the Diamondbacks got on the board first with a solo home run to right center field by Paul Goldschmidt. Lyles limited damage, though, not walking anyone on just 50 pitches through his first four innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, Michael McKenry doubled to left-center with two outs and drove in Troy Tulowitzki to tie the game at one apiece off Ray.
In the fifth, Lyles almost worked out of a jam getting two outs after the first two runners reached base, but a David Peralta double to right field drove both runners in, and the Diamondbacks took a 3-1 lead. Goldschmidt then hit a bloop single to left field, scoring Peralta and making it 4-1, Diamondbacks.
Lyles was done after seven full frames, allowing nine hits and just one walk (which was intentional), and striking out six Diamondbacks. Because the bats never got going, he took his third loss of the year, and is now 2-3 with a 4.42 ERA, though he certainly deserved better in this game.
The Diamondbacks scored another run in the eighth inning off Rafael Betancourt, and the game ended 5-1, giving the Diamondbacks two wins on Wednesday and sending the Rockies to their seventh straight loss, pushing their record to 11-15.
The Rockies only recorded five hits off Dbacks pitching – all off starter Robbie Ray in his six innings of work – with Tulowitzki leading the way going 2-for-4 with the Rockies’ only run scored.
After an off-day on Thursday, the Rockies will host the Los Angeles Dodgers for three games over the weekend before enjoying another off day on Monday.
Then, the Rox will play six straight games in Los Angeles – two against the Angels and four more with the Dodgers – before returning home for an eight-game homestand.
The LA road trip will mark the beginning of a streak of 17 games in 16 days, including a make-up doubleheader with the San Francisco Giants on May 23. GIddyup.