Colorado’s lineup consisting of reserves with A-team on the bench pulled off a grand theft beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4. The first half of the game was a pitching duel as the De La Rosas stared each other down through five innings with both Rubby and Jorge serving doughnuts. Jorge’s middle finger on his throwing hand started to split again as he issued free passes to the first two batters of the sixth. One run came in when Jorge’s replacement, Christian Bergman, almost the team out of a jam before giving up a two-out RBI single., Vacuum quickly made the score even with his 20th homer and 60th RBI despite crashing into Fort McKenry on a foul pop up and was slow to get up.
Arizona tacked on a run in the seventh on back-to-back doubles with two outs for a seemingly insurmountable 2-1 lead. In the eighth, Colorado was more than happy to see Rubby replaced by Dan Hudson. Walt Weiss chose to go to Tulo as a pinch hitter leading off the bottom of eighth despite Tulo’s horrible history as a pinch hitter. Tulo bailed out Weiss’ gaffe with a game-tying blast to right center field. That got the five run rally started which ended with Colorado leading 6-2. Walk, sac bunt, intentional walk, RBI ground out, RBI single, walk, walk, error, intentional walk, and a strikeout manufactured the last four runs.
Boone Logan, the only pitcher who did not pitch the night before, was asked to start the ninth. He put the first two batters on with a walk and a single (to a pinch hitter cold off the bench and a .160 lefty hitter). Logan hit the showers immediately and John Axford was asked to finish the game despite throwing more than 30 pitches the previous night. RBI ground out, single, stolen base (now 2nd & 3rd), sac fly, and a strikeout to Yasmany Tobas ended the game. The fans let out huge sighs after nearly blowing a ninth inning lead.
The Rockies started a new win streak in an attempt to get back to .500 ball. They need eight more consecutive wins to raise the record to 40-40 from their current 32-40 record. They will have to do it in San Francisco, Oakland, and Arizona in their next ten games. Don’t forget to stuff the ballot for Arenado with one week left to the voting deadline.