The Colorado Rockies “wanted to be sure” before they recalled Drew Pomeranz (0-2, 9.72) from AAA Colorado Springs “one last time.” Well, now they’re sure. Pomeranz was shelled Saturday night in a miserable 4 inning start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who crushed Colorado 11-1 with the roof closed at Chase Field in Phoenix. Pomeranz can’t throw strikes, he can’t hold guys-on, and he doesn’t understand you’ve got to get three outs to get back to the dugout.
AJ Pollack worked Pomeranz for 10 pitches to start the game before flying to center-field. Pomeranz walked Aaron Hill, but got bailed-out by a double-play grounder off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt. Pomeranz threw 19 pitches to 3 batters in the 1st.
In the second Cody Ross doubled off the warning-track with one out and moved-over to 3rd on the second out, a ground-ball by Martin Prado. That misfortune spun Pomeranz reeling into the night. He walked Gerardo Parra on 7 pitches. He walked Didi Gregorius to load the bases on 5. But pitcher Wade Miley (5-7, 4.06) was there for the taking. No hope. Miley sliced Pomeranz’ second fastball halfway down the right-field line, bringing Ross, who went 5 for 5, Parra, and the speedy Gregorius to the plate for a 3-0 Arizona lead.
Pomeranz walked Hill again to open the 3rd, then watched as Goldschmidt yanked a high 91 MPH heater into the left-field upper-deck, prompting Todd Helton to pull a rare dose of leadership out of his veteran bag, urging the left-hander to man-up and at least give the offense a fighting chance. He managed to extract himself from the inning, but not before Dbacks manager Kirk Gibson decided to throw some further chaos into Pomeranz’ head by cranking up the running-game.
The 4th brought more suffering, if not scoring. After retiring Gregorius and Miley to open the inning Pomeranz hit Pollack, surrendered a single to Hill and walked Goldschmidt to load the bases before he got his good-buddy Miguel Montero to ground back to the mound. Pomeranz delivered 4 innings, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks. He threw 92 pitches, 48 for strikes.
Meanwhile the offense did not offer-up a fighting-chance. Miley held them scoreless through 6, then All Star Carlos Gonzalez took him deep to left center for the Rockies’ only run. Fellow All Star Michael Cuddyer followed with a double, but Ross was able to nab Nolen Arenado’s scorched liner to left, leaving Helton and Yorvit Torrealba to strand Cuddyer at 2nd. Miley went-on to pitch 8, providing Gibson with a consecutive deep start to rest a bullpen that was tight-stretched after a tough road swing ended in a 15 run marathon in New York.
Colorado will try to salvage one of three in a 2:10 MDT Sunday start at the sure-to-be-enclosed Chase Field. Roy Ozwalt (0-3, 7.88) will be trying to rediscover his mojo against Patrick Corbin (9-1, 2.49). Corbin, as it happens, is left-handed.