Two critical plays doomed the Rockies. The first damage occurred when NoDo had a tailor made double play grounder by Paul Goldschmidt with the runners on first and second. He forgot to look the ball into the glove and the result was a two-base error scoring two runs. The second damage was a hanging slider served by Brett Anderson to a red hot Mark Trumbo who wrapped a high fly ball around the LF foul pole for a two-run shot. Throw in a run-scoring single by Wade Miley for an insurmountable 5-0 lead by Arizona after which the Rox tried to scratch and claw their way back into the game but lost 5-3.
The Rockies grounded into five double plays to aid Arizona’s pitching. All three runs scored by the Rockies were on two sacrifice flies and a double play grounder. The best opportunity for the Rockies to rally came in the ninth inning when they put runners on the corners with no outs. Baby Bull was up at the dish with a chance to tie the game up on one swing. He did barrel up but unfortunately he hit a one hop laser to Martin Prado into a double play.
Miley induced 19 outs via grounders including four double plays to go along with just three fly outs and a couple of strikeouts. It took Miley only 93 pitches over eight innings. Anderson did do his job saving the bullpen from overuse by going six innings on 90 pitches. Wilton Lopez helped the bullpen by going two innings without giving up a run on just 21 pitches. Matt Belisle finished the game without giving up a run.
Colorado drops to 3-4 with the Chicago White Sox coming into town for the next three games. Boone Logan is expected to be activated tomorrow from the DL. At least the Rockies take the first home series 2-1.