Dbacks Walk Off on Rox

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.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Jeem, I should’ve known Brooksie would join the Wild Bullpen Parade sooner or later. I had just started to accept him as a possibly useful arm for next year. I am now back to “I really don’t ever need to see him in a Rockies uniform ever again.” And Kershaw put an end to the Dodgers skid and my dreams of an epic Dodgers collapse. Good thing I fell asleep long before any of that happened …

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Stat of the Day: which one was worse, Jeremy Guthrie 2012 or Kyle Kendrick 2015? Remember, we couldn’t dump Guthrie and his $10 million salary fast enough, whereas Kendrick is actually slated to make ANOTHER START this season. Guthrie as a Rockie: 3-9, 6.35, 2.1 HR/9. Ouch, that boy couldn’t keep the ball in the park … the biggest Coors disaster ever! Kendrick this year: 6-13, 6.54, 2.2 HR/9. What a trooper! He battles, doesn’t give in, that’s what I… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

And one note on Jose Reyes: nice to see a multi-hit game from him. Sdcarp mentioned his defense — he looks like a shadow of his former self, but overall the stats say he’s been below average, but not awful. But you know what? His last positive (better than average) fielding season was in … 2008. And that year he was fairly neutral. He hasn’t been a significant positive in the field since his age 24 season. Do I still… Read more »

jon
jon
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

yes taking BP but not playing…telling you this will be a great trade for the Rockies…they got rid of him as his decline was kicking in and even in his prime when he was great he was injured too much. In two years Toronto will be trying dump him and his 20 plus million a year. By then Jeff Hoffman will be the Rockie Ace and if they are smart will have gotten at least one good year from Reyes… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  jon

“Package Story, Paulsen, Castro for Chris Archer”

Dude (in my best “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” impersonation) – step away from the crack pipe.

Chris Archer is bad a** and cheap for years to come. Somehow they talked him into signing an ultra-team friendly contract that goes through 2019. With his talent and contract, he could be the single most coveted pitcher in all of baseball……period. We can’t insult the Rays with an offer like that.

jon
jon
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Didnt know about his long term team friendly deal…how about Gray? if Story isn’t all hype a young shortstop who is major league ready should command a lot these days. Oakland isn’t marrid to any player and could use a shortstop. Gray hits arbitration next year and will get more expensive.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  jon

Jon – sorry – I didn’t mean to be a smart ass. There’s no reason to know that Archer signed a team-friendly deal (there are actually two additional option years that could keep him a Ray through 2021 – the last two years are a little less team friendly). He’s an odd case. He’s always been elite, but held back a bit by various injuries (maybe the reason he pulled the trigger on the contract???) – although I don’t believe… Read more »

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

I continue to be ambivalent about off-loading Cargo, for several reasons. One, his 2nd half power has been a really nice thing to see in a long lost season. Two guys with 40 HRs is now a very rare thing and I think we’ve all underappreciated that accomplishment in our focus on the miserable losing. Two, I’m not convinced that he’s as valuable prospect wise, as is assumed. He’s now a “former 5 tool player” as his speed has tapered… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  RocketMan

Just so you don’t feel lonely I totally agree with you.Cargo’s contract is very reasonable for his season ending numbers.Prospects have generally never materialized for the Rox and 2 40+ home run guys is remarkable in the humidor era.Injuries continue to screw with whatever competitive chances we have early in each season.Maybe we need to hire Dr.Frankenstein! Of course the Rockies would probably end up with Dr.Frankenfurter or Dr.Quakenabush!

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

I’m in the trade CarGo camp. He’s had a great year, and after this year his contract is down to two years, so there would be the opportunity to trade high on him. Yes, we’d trade him for prospects, and you never know how they turn out. But if we keep CarGo, we don’t know if he stays healthy. And although none of them may ever be CarGo, before his contract ends, we’ll need to find space in the outfield… Read more »

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