The Arizona Diamondbacks scored once in the 1st, once in the 2nd, and 4 times in the 3rd to move-out to an early 6-0 lead against Colorado Rockies’ stand-in starting pitcher Collin McHugh (0-3, 8.59), and went-on to defeat Colorado 7-2 behind Trevor Cahill (8-10, 4.02) at Coors Field in Denver on Saturday night. Matt Davidson, who it appears we’ll have the thrill of watching hit behind Paul Goldschmidt for years to come, delivered the key blow, a 3-run bomb over the head of Corey Dickerson and into the center-field fountains.
Arizona moved-out in the top of the 1st on a one out single by Willie Bloomquist. McHugh struck-out the dangerous Goldschmidt, but Martin Prado delivered a double that brought Bloomquist around. Gerardo Parra led-off the 2nd with a double, moved to 3rd on a grounder by Chris Owings, then scored when Tuffy Gosewisch lofted a soft single over the infield. Bloomquist singled to lead-off the 3rd. After Goldschmidt flew-out to left, Prado singled. That brought Davidson to the plate for the Big Fly. With the Dbacks up 5-0, Parra, who was 3 for 5, and Chris Owings strafed McHugh with back-to-back doubles, and Arizona had a lead the Rockies would fail to challenge.
Of note for Colorado was the run they plated in the 4th, when Todd Helton, who had singled and moved to 3rd on a wild Gosewisch throw into center, tagged on a Jordan Pacheco fly-ball to the strong-armed Parra, and scored on a terrific slide wide of the plate, deploying the old Sleight of Hand for a second night in three, this time delaying until the last second a left-hand jab-slap of the plate to dodge the tag of Tuffy. William Dexter Fowler pinch-hit for McHugh leading-off the 5th and executed what can only be described as a “disturbing” at-bat, the bad knee collapsing on a grounder he wasn’t even able to run-out. Do we fully understand everything that’s going on with that knee fellas?
Charlie Blackmon continues on a tear, going 3 for 5 with a double and two singles, raising his average to .306. Charlie Culberson was 2 for 4 and looked pretty decent in left. The below average DJ LeMahieu, a poor hitter, had a single and has hit in 19 of 20 games.
The season series between the two teams winds-up this afternoon in LoDo as Autumn dawns and the season itself winds into its final week. Juan Nicasio (8-8, 4.98) will go for the Rockies against the Dbacks’ Patrick Corbin (14-7, 3.17). First pitch is 2:10 pm MDT.
Yesterday’s pregame post was fraught with disinformation, not only involving DJ LeMahieu. It’s not
De La Rosa’s fingers that are hurt, it’s his thumb (it’s hard to keep track of which digits are hurting on which player when it seems like half of them have bad hands). Cahill wasn’t in Reno on a refresher course, he was rehabbing from some kind of injury to his hip. And Rutledge did not in-fact play 3rd base, he slotted-in at the more familiar 2nd, with LeMahieu spelling Nolan Arenado at 3rd (that one courtesy of Baseball Press).