Jun 25, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher J. Saltalamacchia (8) celebrates after scoring in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-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 Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies combined for six home runs in the game, but it was the visiting Dbacks who were able to get more out of their long balls against the Rockies’ bullpen, and Arizona won the first game of the day-night doubleheader 6-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Coors Field.
The Rockies scored three of their four runs on solo home runs, never stringing together enough offense to mount a serious charge once the Dbacks took the lead late in the game off reliever Miguel Castro.
The Rockies recovered in the bottom of the second, though, when DJ LeMahieu slugged a 467-foot home run to center field off Diamondbacks’ starter Patrick Corbin to tie the game at one run apiece. It was also the longest home run of the season for the Colorado Rockies.
The Dbacks would re-take the lead in the top of the third inning, when Phil Gosselin doubled home Ender Inciarte, though that would end up being the only other run Yohan Flande would allow, as he settled down over his last few innings.
In total, Flande left the game after five full frames, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five Diamondbacks — including Paul Goldschmidt twice, both times with runners on base.
Flande ended up getting a no-decision in the game when the Colorado Rockies scored a run in the bottom of the fifth on Kyle Parker‘s solo home run to dead center field that made the game 2-2 after five full innings.
Miguel Castro, called up as rosters expanded today on the first of September, came on for the Rockies in the sixth inning, and allowed a run after giving up a triple to AJ Pollock, and an RBI groundout to Saltalamacchia. The game then got away from Castro in the seventh, when he allowed a three-run home run to Phil Gosselin, making it 6-2 in favor of the Dbacks, and eventually running Castro from the game in favor of Gonzalez Germen.
The Rockies would get one run back in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Nolan Arenado crushed a solo home run to center field off Arizona’s Matt Reynolds (a former Rockies reliever). That tightened up the game to 6-3, but it was as close as the Rockies would get in the eighth inning.
Jason Gurka came on for the Colorado Rockies in the top of the ninth inning, and after allowing a double and a walk, he got Paul Goldschmidt to line into a 6-4-3 triple play to end the inning.
Doubles in the bottom of the ninth by Nick Hundley and Carlos Gonzalez off Dbacks’ reliever Daniel Hudson made the game 6-4 with just one out and the tying run coming to the plate in the form of Ben Paulsen — Monday night’s walk-off hero. Paulsen struck out, though, and Hudson wrapped the game up on a pop-out with no further rally fanfare.
The Rockies and Diamondbacks continue their season later on Tuesday night (!) for the second game of their 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.