Colorado Rockies start hot but lose ground to D-backs: Series Recap

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DENVER, CO - JUNE 21: Paul Goldschmidt
DENVER, CO - JUNE 21: Paul Goldschmidt /
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The Colorado Rockies came into the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks red hot, having won five in a row. Game one saw that hot streak continue in a comeback win, but struggled mightily in the next two. The Rockies lost both games in a wide margin. 

GAME ONE: ROCKIES SCORE A COMEBACK WIN

German Marquez had an excellent outing in game one to put the Rockies in a position to win the game. He went six strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits. The Rox led 2-1 going into the eighth inning, but  Chris Rusin and Adam Ottavino both gave up a run to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead.

Charlie Blackmon started the rally in the bottom of the eighth with a single, which was followed by another hit from DJ LeMahieu. That brought the red hot Nolan Arenado to the plate, who lined a triple off the right field wall to give the Rockies the lead. Greg Holland nailed down his 25th save of the year despite a walk in the top of the ninth inning earning the Rockies their sixth win in a row.

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GAME TWO: A GAME TO FORGET FOR THE ROX

After three innings, the Rockies led 1-0. After four innings, the Diamondbacks led 10-1. Jeff Hoffman picked up his first loss of the year as he surrendered nine earned runs in the game.

The bullpen struggled as well, as Jordan Lyles gave up three runs and Carlos Estevez and Mike Dunn each gave up two runs. In the end, the Rockies fell 16-5. On the positive side for the Rox, Mark Reynolds hit a solo home run and LeMahieu picked up three hits.

GAME THREE: YET ANOTHER ONE TO FORGET

Game three turned out to be yet another game to forget for the Rockies. The Rockies once again jumped out to a quick lead on a lead-off home run from Blackmon in the bottom of the first inning.  The pitching in this game simply couldn’t hold up. Rookie phenom Anthony Senzatela struggled, giving up eight hits and nine earned runs in just five innings of work.

On the bright side, Scott Oberg turned in two perfect innings of work with three strikeouts in relief. The Rockies did manage to score two in the eighth on RBI hits from Pat Valaika and Blackmon, but still dropped the series finale 10-3.

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With the loss today, the Diamondbacks pull even with the Rockies. Both teams still trail the Dodgers. The Rockies travel to Los Angeles to begin a critical three-game weekend series with the NL West division foes. Don’t miss game one at 8:10 p.m. MT.

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