Colorado Rockies Lose 11-4 versus Diamondbacks: 3 Takeaways
The Colorado Rockies lost 11-4 tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here are three takeaways from the game.
Jorge De La Rosa could not get it done
The Rockies finally scored first and scored three runs to open the game, courtesy of a double by DJ LeMahieu, a triple by Nolan Arenado and a RBI groundout by Carlos Gonzalez.
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However, De La Rosa struggled right off the bat and allowed a leadoff home run to Jean Segura (on a hanging curveball) and RBI hits to Welington Castillo, Jake Lamb and Mitch Haniger. De La Rosa was leaving too many pitches up in the strike zone and fighting his command (36 pitches in the inning for only 17 strikes).
Then in the fourth inning he allowed another homer to Segura and Walt Weiss had seen enough.
De La Rosa’s line: 3.1 IP, 85 pitches (46 strikes), eight hits, six runs (five earned), four walks and three strikeouts.
As Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry noted, De La Rosa’s career in Colorado may well be coming to an end. Tonight was a very disappointing outing for him, especially after been given a three-run lead to start.
Rockies bullpen is a train wreck
Eddie Butler replaced De La Rosa in the fourth inning, and he gave up a home run to Brandon Drury in the following inning, followed by hits (three singles and a double) by Chris Owings, Paul Goldschmidt, Welington Castillo and Yasmany Tomas resulting in three more runs (all with two out). Mercifully Weiss yanked him at this point.
Butler’s line: 1.1 IP, 41 pitches (24 strikes), six hits, four earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts.
Matt Carasiti came in and promptly walked Jake Lamb on four pitches. His next batter he threw a wild pitch which allowed another run to score. He finally struck out Drury (his second time up in the inning) to end the five-run fifth.
How bad was the Rockies pitching? They allowed 23 baserunners through the first six innings (16 hits, seven walks).
German Marquez provided marked improvement, pitching two innings for just two hits and zero earned runs.
After a brief appearance by Jason Motte, Chad Qualls came in an promptly walked Matt Koch (the pitcher). However he also avoided giving up a run.
All-in-all Rockies pitching has given up 33 hits in the series so far (16 last night, 17 tonight).
And once again the Rockies dropped a series to the worst team in the division.
Charlie Blackmon continued his hot hitting
In the top of the fifth, Blackmon mashed a Robbie Ray offering over the right center field fence for his 26th home run of the season. Blackmon sits at an average of .317 on the year.
There wasn’t much else to be joyful about tonight.
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The Rockies have been thoroughly out-played in these first two games. The pitching just hurts. And the offense can not keep up.