Aug 31, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pinch hitter B. Paulsen (10) celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off single during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. The Rockies won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks met for the first half of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Coors Field in Denver.
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The Colorado Rockies couldn’t figure out how to hit the Arizona Diamondbacks for eight innings, but a furious four-run rally in the ninth gave the home club a 5-4 walk-off victory on Monday night in Denver.
The Dbacks got three of their four runs in the third inning, led off when Ender Inciarte singled home Chris Owings off Rockies’ starter Chad Bettis, and then when A.J. Pollock brought home Inciarte with a two-run home run to make it 3-0 off Bettis and the Rockies very early.
The Rockies would get a run back in the bottom of the third inning off Dbacks’ starter Robbie Ray, when Charlie Blackmon scored on Jose Reyes‘ RBI groundout, but other than that, Ray stymied the Rockies (again) his entire time on the mound Monday evening.
The Diamondbacks got their fourth and final run in the top of the fifth inning, when David Peralta hit an RBI single off Bettis to score Goldschmidt and make the game 4-1.
Bettis ended up going six innings, allowing the four runs on 11 hits and now walks, while striking out four. And although he left with the Rockies losing, he wouldn’t earn the loss today, thanks to solid relief by Colorado (three scoreless innings), and a ninth-inning rally to win.
The fun started in the bottom of the ninth — after Rockies’ reliever Simon Castro had tossed two scoreless inning in relief — when Brad Ziegler came on for the Diamondbacks to try to close out their 4-1 lead.
After Daniel Descalso and Jose Reyes reached base, Nolan Arenado hit what many thought was initially a home run to left field that would’ve won the game. Upon replay review, it turned out the ball bounced over the very top of the fence. Two runs would score on the very long single, but the Rockies weren’t done.
After DJ LeMahieu reached base behind Arenado, Ben Paulsen came up to pinch hit, and slugged a single up the middle that scored both Arenado and LeMahieu, to give the Rockies four runs in the inning and a 5-4 victory. Castro picked up the win, and is now 2-0 on the year.
The Rockies and Diamondbacks continue their season on Tuesday with a day-night doubleheader, before finishing things up on Wednesday evening. The Rockies will then greet the San Francisco Giants for four games at Coors Field going through the weekend.