For the second consecutive game, the Rockies beat themselves, this time by a score of 4-2. With the loss they dropped to 15-10 overall, 3-4 vs. the D-backs, and 6-7 on the road. Arizona moved into a tie for first with the Rockies.
In the first inning, the Rockies had a double and two singles, yet had nothing to show for it. After his double, EY tried to cross over a grounder to shortstop and was easily out at third base. Tulo tried to score on a line drive to left field from second after being surprised by coach Stu Cole waving him home. Tulo intended to stop at third base on a very hard hit one hopper direct to the left fielder. Cole clearly had cost Tulo a couple of steps. To make matters worse, Tulo got dinged on his left shoulder at the plate.
In the third inning, EY had his second double of the game with one out. However, he was picked off when he tried to steal third on an inside move by pitcher Corbin. That was EY’s umpteenth time in his career that he got hung up on a steal attempt on the throw over from the pitcher. Jon Herrera came out in Tulo’s place at shortstop in the bottom of third. Tulo’s preliminary diagnosis was mild sprain in left shoulder and probably happened on slide at home plate in the first inning.
With two in scoring position and two outs by Arizona in the bottom of 3rd, Rosario took a ride in the time machine back to 2012 and allowed two runs to score without a batted ball via a passed ball and a wild pitch. Gerrardo Parra had a great lead and moved halfway down the line to score easily on a partially blocked wild pitch.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Arizona showed the Rockies how to be aggressive and smart. Paul Goldschmidt was on the move in a hit and run play and took away a tailor made double play grounder. That got him in a position to score on a two-out single to extend Arizona’s lead to 3-0. The D-backs added another run in the fifth on a triple and single to make it 4-0.
The Rockies passed the base running pop quiz by scoring two runs with smart base running. EY had his third double leading off the top of the sixth inning. Fowler brought him home with an RBI single. He moved up to second on the throw home. Herrera followed by placing a nice bunt to move Fowler to third base. Eventually Fowler scored on a wild pitch. The bunt play proved that progmatinee was right in his debate with Troy Renck on Twitter about bunting. Renck hated giving away outs and basically said I don’t have time to continue the discussion. Prog was arguing that the Rox need to bunt more to scratch out runs. Way to go, prog!
The Rockies ran out of time in an attempt to rally from a 4-2 deficit in the last three innings. With two outs and runners on the corners, EY swung at the pitch that could have grazed his jersey for a feeble pop out to catcher. In the ninth inning, with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two outs, slumping CarGo was called upon to pinch hit. He looked overmatched as he swung at a pitch above his letters for a strike out to end the game.
The Nolan Arenado show began today. He went 0-3 with a walk. In his third plate appearance he hit a liner to center field that was barely scooped up by Parra. On the field, he looked natural at third base making a couple of tough plays look routine.
The Rockies will try to move on from the Rocky Horror Picture Show by flying to Los Angeles for a three game series against the Dodgers. The plane ride will be turbulent. Ted Lilly and Ryu are the next two lefties the Rockies will face. They will need to take two out of three at Dodger Stadium to meet the goal of a 3-4 road trip before returning to Coors Field.