Denver – For those of you who were still sulking about last night’s devastating loss, the Colorado Rockies responded effectively, grinding out an 11-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in today’s game.
The Rockies played like they were angry, and that is how any team that still believes in themselves should have played based on how the last three games have unfolded for them.
For the second game in a row, the Rockies allowed one run in the first inning to the D-Backs. Jorge De La Rosa served up one of his five walks in the game to Jean Segura to lead off the game, and then Paul Goldschmidt lined a single to center field to drive Segura home for the game’s first run.
But it did not take long for the Rockies to respond to the early deficit, when Charlie Blackmon hit his 17th career leadoff home run, which tied him for the most in MLB since the start of the 2013 season.
After the first inning, De La Rosa continued to give up walks and dig himself into holes, but he managed to maneuver his way out of every jam with the help of six strikeouts and some double plays. De La Rosa did not bring his absolute best stuff, but he did more than enough to keep the Rockies in the game through the first six innings, allowing six hits and only one run with effective and timely pitching.
On the other side of the hill, Shelby Miller had been coming off of perhaps his best performance of the season in Philadelphia, but he continued to look like just another mediocre pitcher in today’s outing.
After Blackmon’s solo-shot in the first, Miller held the Rockies scoreless in the second and third inning, but started running into trouble in the fourth. Trevor Story hit a double into the gap in right-center field, and then Daniel Descalso drove him home on a single to center, giving the Rockies a 2-1 lead.
Brett Barnes followed Descalso with a single of his own, and then Tony Wolters brought them both home on double to left field. Barnes was initially called out at home, but after the umpires reviewed the play, they deduced that Barnes slid under Wellington Castillo’s tag, making it 4-1.
In the fifth inning, Miller walked Lemahieu to lead off the inning and then Arenado brought Lemahieu home on a deep double off the right field wall, pushing the Rockies lead to 5-1.
Barnes hit a single in the sixth inning that stayed underneath the D-Backs left fielder’s glove, leaving Barnes at third base and nearly an inside the park home run. Thankfully for Barnes, Tony Wolters sent him home when he belted his first career home run into deep right-center field, increasing the lead to 7-1.
In the seventh inning, Justin Miller came on to pitch in relief for De La Rosa, and allowed a two-run homer to the still-speedy Michael Bourn, bringing the score to 7-3. After the home run, Miller settled down and ended the inning
Chad Qualls replaced Miller in the eighth inning, and just like Miller, he struggled to pitch a clean inning. Qualls allowed an RBI single to Jake Lamb after giving up a hit and surrendering a walk, and then Segura drove another run home on a groundout, cutting the lead to 7-5. Walt Weiss elected to replace Qualls with Gonzalez Germen with two outs in the eighth to face Michael Bourn, but Bourn smacked a double into right-center field bringing the score to 7-6. Thankfully, Germen would force a groundout against Yasmany Tomas to end the inning and keep the lead.
In the bottom half of the eighth, the Rockies did everything they could to make sure the D-Backs would not crawl their way back into this game. Barnes led the eighth off with a double, his third hit of the game, and then Blackmon singled him home to increase the lead to 8-6. Then, Lemahieu launched a three-run home run to deep left-center field, bumping up the lead to 11-6.
Germen came back on the bump in the ninth inning to close the game out, and with some defensive help from Trevor Story, he shut the door and sealed the victory.
.@TonyWolters 1st Major League home run was a SHOT!
And the silent treatment…. pic.twitter.com/OC1R0B2lpi
— #VoteRox (@Rockies) June 25, 2016
The fourth inning. The Rockies took a 4-1 lead and continued to build on it in the fifth and sixth innings.
Player of the Game
Jorge De La Rosa. DLR delivered when the Rockies bullpen really needed a starter to go deep into a ballgame. Six innings of one run ball, a job well done.