Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Goldy's 4 RBIs lead D-backs past Rox

The D-backs overcame a 6-2 deficit with a combined nine runs in the sixth and seventh inning to defeat the Rockies, 11-6, and even the series on Tuesday night at Chase Field.
"I was very proud of them," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "They kept battling, they kept grinding."
The Rockies put together a six-run fourth inning against Arizona starter Shelby Miller thanks in part to another homer from shortstop Trevor Story, his third in two games, and gave starter Chad Bettis a 6-2 advantage that he couldn't hold.
"It's early, and I thought he ran out of gas," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Bettis, who gave up five runs and seven hits while throwing 98 pitches in 5 1/3 innings.
The D-backs managed to chase Bettis from the game in the sixth as they scored three times, two of which came on a triple by Jean Segura off losing pitcher Christian Bergman (0-1), who would give up four runs and four hits in one inning. Then in the seventh, the D-backs sent 10 men to the plate and scored six runs, with the final three coming on Paul Goldschmidt's two-out triple to center.
Goldschmidt had also homered in the first. He finished with four RBIs.
The start of a high-scoring Story: It's not just that Story is hitting his way into the record books. It's that he's igniting the Rockies. After Story launched a Miller pitch into the left-center stands, Nick Hundley added a three-run shot, and DJ LeMahieu went deep for two during a six-run fourth. All was fine until the pitching faltered.
Relentless attack: The D-backs offense continued to hammer away despite a middle-innings deficit, and it paid off for them with a three-run sixth and six-run seventh. Not every ball was hit hard in the seventh -- two were infield hits and one was a blooper to right, but they combined those hits with Goldschmidt's triple to put the game away.
Bergman not sharp: Weiss stayed off the back end of the bullpen because it was used in the game or warmed up heavily in Monday night's 10-5 Rockies victory, He needed a sharp Bergman to finish off the sixth and go as far as he could. However, David Peralta doubled to open the seventh and three of the next four reached, and Bergman was done.
"I didn't locate the ball, it was simple as that," Bergman said. "Not really more to add."
Weiss replaced Bergman with lefty Jason Gurka -- who didn't pitch Monday but warmed up twice. Gurka, as Weiss noted, "bit the bullet tonight," and gave up two runs and four hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Holding them there: After Miller gave up the six runs in the fourth inning, he found a way to settle down and give the D-backs two scoreless innings. The bullpen then kept the Rockies off the scoreboard over the final three innings to close the door.
"I think the best thing that came out of it is after he gave up the six spot we needed those innings," Hale said. "He went back out there and sucked it up and probably his last inning was his best. This is a tough, tough [lineup]team to navigate.
Hoping to escape a seventh inning that had careened out of control, Weiss sought replay help -- to no avail. Socrates Brito reached on a bases-loaded, groundball single that Story knocked down but couldn't field cleanly. Story alertly threw to third baseman Nolan Arenadoin an attempt to catch Rickie Weeks Jr., who had rounded third aggressively. After 1 minute, 54 seconds, replay ruled that Weeks' hand grabbed the bag before Arenado's tag.
With three homers in his first two Major League games at the start of the season, Story joined Joe Cunningham of the 1954 Cardinals as the only players to homer three times in their first two Major League games. He also joined Charlie Reilly of the 1899 Columbus Solons to follow a two-homer game with one homer in his first two contests. And he joined Todd Helton (1997) as the only Rockies to homer in their first two Major League contests.
Poor starting pitching has cost the Rockies the use of LeMahieu in early double-switches the first two games. He was 2-of-3 in each game, but left Monday when Jorge De La Rosacouldn't make it through the fifth. Tuesday he was the last out of the fifth, before Bettis faltered. Weiss admitted the situations were tough to manage.
"Ideally, you don't want to lose DJ, especially for his defense when you have a lead," Weiss said. "But the plan was for 'Bergy' [Bergman] to go multiple innings. I had to protect myself with a double-switch. If they did get some runs, I didn't want the pitcher leading off in a tight game."
Rockies: Right-hander Tyler Chatwood will start the the finale with the Rockies at 1:40 p.m. MT. It'll be his first Major League appearance since April 29, 2014, when he went five innings in a no-decision against the D-backs at Chase Field. Chatwood would later undergo Tommy John surgery.
D-backs: The D-backs wrap up the three-game series against the Rockies with a 12:40 p.m. MST start. Left-hander Patrick Corbin will start for the D-backs after an impressive spring during which he had a 1.71 ERA.

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