The Rockies let Arizona make a late rally with three runs over the last two innings. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning when Juan Nicasio, Eric Young Jr, Jordan Pacheco, and Carlos Gonzalez strung together four consecutive singles.
Nicasio struggled with command of the strike zone throwing 85-plus pitches after four innings issuing three walks but zero hits. Everyone could see it coming that Arizona would begin their rally in the fifth inning. After giving up a solo shot to Didi Gregorius, a single, strikeout (bunt foul), and a double to Gerrardo Parra , Nicasio handed the ball to Adam Ottavino who inherited runners on 2nd and 3rd with only one out. Ottavino almost got out of the inning unscathed with a comebacker to the mound to get the second out. But Paul Goldschmidt added a run with an RBI single to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Rockies.
The Blake Street Bullies suddenly went quiet except for a solo homer by Troy Tulowitzki increasing the Rox lead by another run to lead 4-2. Matt Belisle took the ball in the eighth inning and gave up a run scoring double with the runner scoring all the way from first because Micheal Cuddyer did not play the no-double defense with a lead late in the game allowing the ball to bounce off the out-of-town scoreboard several feet past him. Had he just let the ball bounce back to him, the ball would be back into the infield well before the runner can think about going home.
In the ninth inning, the defense was a little bit loose. Wilton Lopez, a ground ball pitcher, came in to close out the game. Gregorius hit a grounder but it fortunately had seeing eyes. A.J. Pollock followed with a potential double play grounder when he chopped the ball over third baseman Jonathon Herrera’s head. The problem was that Herrera played in on the grass to prevent a sacrifice bunt which was not necessary with a lead in the 9th. Instead the ball rolled down the line for a double which put runners on second and third base with no outs. Lopez induced another grounder off pinch hitter Alfredo Marte right at Herrera. Television replays showed that Gregorius was not even halfway home when Herrera grabbed the ball. Instead of being aggressive and preventing runs, he optioned to throw across the diamond for the first out while allowing Pollock to move to third base. That set the stage for Parra’s sacrifice fly to put Arizona over the top 5-4.
The Rox had one final chance in the bottom of the ninth with Dexter Fowler (walk) on third and Josh Rutledge (single) on first with two outs and bobblehead character Eric Young up at the dish. He hit a comebacker to end the game.