PHOENIX — They’re not the Cardiac Cardinals, not even close, but the Rockies made two rallies to defeat the hapless Arizona on Friday night at Chase Field.
After defeating Diamondbacks starter John Gray for seven in the third inning, the Rockies won the game 9–7, scoring six runs in the sixth and three more runs in the ninth.
Arizona, which owns the worst record among the majors, fell to 50-110. The Rockies’ five relievers – Yancy Almonte, Jordan Sheffield, Tyler Kinley, Lucas Gilbreth and Carlos Estevez – dominated the D-Backs, playing five scoreless innings and scoring nine runs. Gilbreth won and Estevez made his 11th save.
“Those guys slammed the door from the fifth inning,” said manager Bud Black. “It helped the players in our position put in some good batting, and Sam (Hilliard) had a big homer to get us closer.”
Shortstop Trevor Storey, possibly playing for Colorado in his final series, sang home Brendan Rodgers with a ninth-place finish. CJ Cron’s RBI groundout scored for a bonus run to Charlie Blackman to shortstop Geraldo Perdomo.
Dom Nunez took the lead at 9-7 with a single homer off Caleb Smith to level the game at 7-7.
The last time the Rockies rallied to win a game by a deficit of seven or more runs was Atlanta vs. Atlanta at Coors Field on August 25, 2010. The Rockies won the game 12-10 by nine runs.
While it was a night of celebration for Colorado, it was a night to forget for Grey. Or perhaps one that will live on in a painful memory.
In what could be his last game in Rockies uniform, the 29-year-old right-handed batsman scored seven runs on seven hits, including three home runs in four innings. Gray was not available to speak to the media after the game.
The most painful part for Gray: All that damage came in the terrible third inning. In the first, second and fourth innings, Gray set the Diamondbacks down the order, and he scored seven runs and none.
“You know, the high pitches for big league hitters in the middle
Of the plate – you’re really taking your chances,” Black said.
Grey, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, would become a free agent at the end of the season. Although both Gray and the Rockies have expressed interest in keeping him in Colorado, nothing is certain.
It will be interesting to see what Grey’s performance in the last two months of the season looks like in her future. He hasn’t gone more than five innings deep since August 4 and has gone 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA in his last nine starts.
Gray was on fire to start Friday night’s game, facing four of the six Arizona batsmen. But the Diamondbacks blasted Gray in the third.
Jake McCarthy took the lead with a single and Geraldo Perdomo with a double. Humberto Castellanos stepped up to the plate. He pulled Gray’s first pitch slider deep into the left field seats for a three-run homer. This was the first home run by a d-back pitcher since Zack Grinke’s home run at Chase Field vs The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw on June 24, 2019.
A single home run by Keitel Marte and a two-run homer by Christian Walker completed Grey’s ambush of Arizona.
The Rockies’ sixth run brought them back into the game.
He tagged Castellanos for six hits, including an RBI single by Crone, an RBI double by Ryan McMahon, and an RBI single by Elias Diaz. But the big blow came from Hilliard’s bat. He pushed Castellano’s first-pitch sinker into the seats of left-center field for a three-run homer. It was Hilliard’s 13th homer, seven of them coming on the road.
“It’s a physical transformation that Sam has made, nothing to do with (things) mentally, right?” Black said, referring to Hilliard’s recent improvement to the plate. “It’s all about what he needs to do with his hitting mechanics. And that turned in the middle of the season, which is very difficult to do. And (he) accepted the consequences, even if it was the other way around.” Have happened.”
Story entered the Major League record books in the seventh inning. He went on and finished second for his 20th steal of the season and 100th steal of his career.
Storey became the seventh player to score 150 home runs and steal 100 bases in his first six seasons. He joined an exclusive club consisting of Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds, Darryl Strawberry, Andrew Jones, Ryan Braun and Mike Trout.
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Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatella (epochs 4-9, 4.10) on Diamondbacks RHP Zac Gallen (3-10, 4.37)
Saturdays at 6:10 pm, Chase Field
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Senzatella emerged as the Rockies’ most consistent starter in the final stages of the season, posting a 3.00 ERA, making eight of his last nine starts since August 11. It is the 10th best place in the National League in that period. Senzatela has developed into a strike-thrower, finishing third in the majors with an average of 1.73 walks per nine innings. He didn’t factor in Colorado’s 6-2 loss to San Francisco on Sunday at Coors Field, but conceded just two runs on eight hits in six innings. In two starts at Chase Field this season, Senzatella has a 5.06 ERA against the Diamondbacks. Galen is off to a strong start against the Dodgers, earning one run in six innings to take the win. He is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts versus the Rockies this season and 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA in six careers against them. At Coors Field on 21 August, he played seven scoreless innings, but was not a factor in the decision.
Trends: The Rockies began their final three-game “road trip” of the season Friday night on the heels of a hot streak off Coors Field. In their nine-game swing through Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington, they went 7-2.
at issue: For the season, the Rockies are ranked last in the National League in road batting average (.215), on-base percentage (.290) and ops (.683). They are only 14th on road home runs (74), trailing only Pittsburgh (66).
Sunday: Rockies TBA at Diamondbacks TBA, 1:10 pm, ATTRM
end of regular season