Colorado Rockies Lose 8-6 Thanks To Dbacks’ Four-Run Seventh Inning


Jul 3, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies manager

Walt Weiss

(22) looks on prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks met for the final time in the 2015 season on Thursday night at Chase Field in Phoenix. 

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The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks engaged in a see-saw battle for the Thursday night game that began the month of October, but after a four-run bottom of the seventh inning, Arizona came out on top, winning 8-6 in Phoenix at Chase Field.

For the third night in a row, the Colorado Rockies got on the board first, scoring a run in the first inning off Dbacks’ starter Patrick Corbin when DJ LeMahieu singled home Jose Reyes. The Dbacks responed quickly though, when a Paul Goldschmidt sacrifice fly and a Wellington Castillo RBI groundout allowed Arizona to re-take the lead off Rockies’ starter David Hale in the bottom of the first inning.

In a see-saw game all night, the Rockies re-took the lead in the top of the fourth inning; first, Wilin Rosario scored on a wild pitch by Corbin, and later in the inning, a double from Rafael Ynoa brought home Kyle Parker to make the game 3-2 in favor of the Rockies. But, the Dbacks scored immediately again in the bottom of the fourth, when Yasmany Tomas drove in a run on an RBI groundout.

The Rockies re-took the lead at 4-3 in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI single from Rosario, only to see the Dbacks re-tie the game yet again in the bottom of the fifth with a run on Socrates Brito‘s RBI triple.

In the top of the sixth, then, the Rockies re-took the lead yet again on another RBI double from Ynoa, and the Rockies’ rally in that frame caused them to pinch-hit for starter David Hale. Hale ended up going five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three batters and getting a no-decision.

The Rockies took their 5-4 lead into the top of the seventh inning, where they scored yet again to make it 6-4, thanks to Tom Murphy‘s RBI double that scored Nolan Arenado. It was all for naught, though, as a four-run Dbacks bottom of the seventh inning would end up deciding the game.

In that bottom of the seventh, Justin Miller came in for the Rockies, and nearly un-did all the good work he’d completed this season, allowing four runs in the inning on four hits, including a home run, while only getting two outs, and raising his ERA to 4.18. When the dust settled on the inning, and Boone Logan came in to close things out, it was 8-6 in favor of Arizona, with the Dbacks just six outs away from a series sweep.

The Rockies couldn’t end up putting together anything in the eighth, and the ninth came and went without a similar rally, sealing the sweep for Arizona and handing the Rockies their 93rd loss of the season.

The Colorado Rockies have just three games left this year, all in San Francisco this coming weekend before the year ends.

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