The game started out looking like Arizona was returning the favor beating down the Rockies leading 4-0 after three innings with the last two runs on a Mark Trumbo homer. It looked like Colorado were back to the old habit of hardly scoring the day after busting out for 12 runs. Dback pitcher Brandon McCarthy was on cruise control needing only 31 pitches after 3 innings while shutting down the Rockies offense. Meanwhile Jorge De La Rosa was struggling through 4.1 innings on 101 pitches despite giving up just four runs, three earned. Then the Rockies decided to pull out their LoDo magic potion.
After the walk to CarGo in the fourth inning, Money crushed a two run shot to right center to make the score 4-2. Then NoDo who hasn’t done anything at the plate in the young season hit a solo shot off A.J. Pollock’s glove in the deepest part of Coors Field to narrow the margin to 4-3. Rule 5 pick Tommy Kahnle finished the top of the fifth inning after relieving DLR who only pitched 4.1 innings. After two outs, Nazty went to work with a hit off McCarthy’s glove and he promptly stole second base to put himself in scoring position. After D.J. LeMahieu hit a game tying single to drive in Nazty, CarGo followed with a soft gapper that did not go all the way to the fence. Third base coach Stu Cole made a most gutsy call waving DJLM all the way home (from first base) as the relay throw was made into second base. Rarely do we see an RBI single with a runner scoring from first base.
With a 5-4 lead, Kahnle went back out for the sixth inning and did his job. Zero, Rex Brothers, and LaTroy Hawkins followed him making quick work of Arizona. All told, the bullpen went 4.2 innings allowing two hits, no walks, four strikeouts, and no runs. Zero struck out the side after giving up a leadoff double to Pollack in the seventh inning. Hawkins closed out the game on just 11 pitches.
NoDo put away the Dbacks with his second solo homer of the night and an RBI double. Brandon Barnes contributed to an insurance run in the seventh inning with a single and coming around to score on a LeMahieu sac fly.
Colorado evens their record at 3-3, winning three of the last four games. Tomorrow Brett Anderson makes his Coors Field debut against Wade Miley as the Rockies go for a sweep against a divisional rival.