DENVER – There was a remarkably entertaining and well-played (if not a bit offense heavy) game going on at Coors Field on a beautiful night in Denver right up until Bryan Shaw completely lost it in the eighth.
It’s always difficult to put a loss entirely on the shoulders of one player in the game of baseball, but Shaw quite literally threw this game away with what turned out to be a five-run throwing error. He also gave up six total runs on four hits and two walks, recording just two outs.
The Diamondbacks starting the scoring with Paul Goldschmidt’s first home run of the day, a solo shot deep over the wall in center.
Colorado struck back immediately in the bottom of the frame with their own hot hitter, Trevor Story, who blasted his own long home run to center but did so with DJ LeMahieu aboard (via a single) to put the Rockies on top.
The back-and-forth continued with a Nick Ahmed solo shot in the second that tied the game and gave the national television audience all kinds of Coors Field jokes with three home runs in the first three half-innings.