Pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin grounded a 1-out, bases-loaded single out of the reach of Colorado Rockies’ 2nd-baseman DJ LeMahieu and into right-field in the bottom of the 11th inning Monday night, and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Carlos Gonzalez hit his 40th 2015 home run in the 3rd inning for the Rockies, who got out to an early lead.
Charlie Blackmon led-off against Arizona’s Robbie Ray and singled up the middle. Jose Reyes, who said “to hell with the Rox Walk Off” and went 3 for 5, followed with a single to right, Blackmon to 2nd, then Gonzalez singled to left, scoring Blackmon and knocking Reyes to 3rd. Nolan Arenado hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Reyes and put Colorado up 2-0. The Dbacks got one back in the bottom of the 1st off Rockies starter Christian Bergman when AJ Pollock doubled with 2 out and scored on a Paul Goldschmidt single. Cargo made it 3-0 with 2 out in the next inning, but Arizona again countered on an Ender Inciarte triple and Brandon Drury ground ball. The Dbacks tied it up in the bottom of the 4th on a lead-off triple by David Peralta, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Lamb.
The offenses would then go dry for the next 6 innings. Bergman went 5, throwing 76 pitches, 49 strikes. Rockies’ relievers Scott Oberg, Justin Miller, Rex Brothers, Jairo Diaz, Boone Logan and Gonzalez Germen retired 15 of the 18 Arizona hitters they faced. Logan struck-out the side in the 9th. Colorado was likewise scoreless against Ray and 5 Dbacks relievers over their final 8. They blew a big chance in the 8th, when Arenado doubled leading-off and was at 3rd with one out, but LeMahieu botched a safety squeeze attempt and the MVP candidate was picked-off the base.
Eventually the 11th came around, and Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss called on Ag’s buddy, the typically reliable Brooks Brown (1-3, 5.06), to start the 9th. Brooks, to say the least, was not reliable on Monday, walking Pollock, Goldschmidt, and Peralta on 13 pitches to load the bases with nobody out. Weiss turned to Christian Friedrich, and the left-hander got Welington Castillo to ground into a force play at the plate, but Gosselin nicked him with the walk off single for the Arizona victory.
The NL West rivals go back at it tonight in another 7:40 MDT start at Chase Field. It’ll be a battle of right-handers. Chad Bettis goes for Colorado against the Dbacks’ Chase Anderson.