As miserably as it had suffered, the Colorado Rockies offense remained on the road Tuesday night, fizzling against Chase Anderson (4-0, 3.32) as Colorado fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 in the opener of a 3-game set at Coors Field in Denver. The result took somewhat of a back seat to the news right-hander Eddie Butler, late of the Tulsa Drillers, will get “the call” later this week, and slide into the rotation spot previously manned by ineffective Frankie Morales, getting his first start Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the meantime, Carlos Gonzalez, pulled in the 6th with a flare-up of the swollen right finger that’s dogged him the past several weeks, appears headed to the Disabled List.
Jorge De La Rosa (6-4, 3.68) took the loss for the Rockies. Battling through his own nagging ailments, DLR was off a tick early, dodging trouble in each of the first 3 innings and benefitting greatly from quality Colorado defense, in particular that of 3rd-baseman Charlie Culberson. But De La Rosa’s luck ran-out in the the 4th, when there was no defense for solo home runs by Nick Evans and Chris Owings leading-off the inning. Ender Inciante followed the homers with a single, and came-around on a sacrifice bunt, a wild-pitch, and a ground-ball off the bat of Gerardo Parra for a 3-0 Arizona lead.
Colorado’s offense was limited to lead-off solo homers by Zero Improvement Guy DJ LeMahieu, the “poor hitter” who apparently personifies everything amiss with the Rockies, and Troy Tulowitzki. It got bad breaks in the 1st when Charlie Blackmon lost sight of Justin Morneau’s line-drive through the setting sun and was forced at 2nd on what should have been a base hit, and in the 3rd Wilin Rosario led-off with a single and came around on a Culberson double, only to be ruled-out via video-replay. Tulowitzki was stranded after leading-off the 4th with a single, as was Rosario after a double in the 7th. Corey Dickerson, who replaced Gonzalez in left, followed Tulo’s 9th inning blast with a single, but home-plate ump Jerry Laine called LeMahieu out on a fastball 3 feet off the plate after outs by Rosario and Culberson.
De La Rosa regrouped and made it through 7, throwing 99 pitches, 59 strikes. Rex Brothers could not follow-up his strong inning Sunday, allowing a run in the 8th on doubles by David Peralta and Owings.
La Troy Hawkins turned-in a 1-2-3 9th.
But the post-game talk centered around Butler, a red-haired, blue-eyed apparently skinny likeness of Aaron Cook, and Gonzalez, whose discussion with reporters was glum, at best. Butler was 4-4/2.49 in 11 starts for Tulsa. He pitched Saturday against Midland, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in 4-2/3. Cargo had the finger examined at the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday, and there were no suggestions other than rest, with no notion of how much.
The Rockies have lost 5-straight, and will look to break-out of it tonight when the two squads go at it again at Coors at 6:40 MDT. Jordan Lyles is up for the Rockies and Josh Collmenter will go for the Dbacks.