Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 6: Josh Rutledge Hits His First Home Run

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 23: Ian Kennedy #31 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a bases clearing triple against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field on July 23, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

2 outs, nobody on in the bottom of the 5th, down 5-0, Josh Rutledge hit his first MLB home run on a fly ball to LF.

Dexter Fowler has a 9-game hitting streak with a 2-hit day.

Carlos Gonzalez hit an opposite field solo shot that landed about 10 rows back.

Carlos Torres pitched 3 innings of no-hit relief, allowing only a walk and 3 strikeouts.

That was really about the extent of tonight's excitement.

Well, except for one play.

In the bottom of the 4th, with 2 men on and 2 out, Jonathan Sanchez intentionally walked Ryan Roberts to load the bases and bring pitcher Ian Kennedy to the plate. It looked like Sanchez was going to make it out of his first start with Colorado allowing only 1 run with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts.

Instead, Ian Kennedy drove a 1-1 pitched into the Center Field 900-foot-wall area and by the time the ball came down from the initial bounce, Kennedy was already rounding 2B, having cleared the bases. Willie Bloomquist then doubled in Kennedy, driving the score to 5-0, after which Sanchez struck out Aaron Hill.

Tonight was an odd night for Rockies' bats. Don't get me wrong, Ian Kennedy was fantastic on the mound, going 8 innings while only allowing 2 runs and striking out 7 Rockies batters. But the Rockies didn't hit the ball all that poorly today. There were a lot of deep fly balls to Justin Upton and a couple of near-gappers that Chris Young had to be on his horse to get to. And as it is with any disappointing loss, a lot of "hit right at 'em" liners. But results is results.

Despite the bad line, Sanchez didn't look entirely awful. His first inning was downright solid, allowing 1 hit, pulling a double play, and punching out Jason Kubel to end the inning. He was even better in the 3rd, striking out Willie Bloomquist and Jason Kubel and inducing an Aaron Hill popout.

He's going to get a few more starts, there's no doubt about it. But there's also a distinct chance that he could end up in the bullpen in a Carlos Torres style role as soon as Alex White (or possibly Edwar Cabrera, depending on how Drew Pomeranz' sore arm works out) shows to be ready.

It should be noted that Edwar Cabrera is with the team and will likely be officially recalled to take Drew Pomeranz' start on Tuesday. The corresponding move has not yet been announced.


Source: FanGraphs

Pitcher IP H HR ER BB SO pLI WPA
C Torres 3.0 0 0 0 1 3 0.18 .031
M Ekstrom 1.0 2 0 1 1 2 0.16 -.012
J Sanchez 4.0 6 1 5 4 5 1.10 -.216
Total 8.0 8 1 6 6 10 0.68 -.198

Pitcher IP H HR ER BB SO pLI WPA
I Kennedy 8.0 5 1 2 0 7 0.65 .287
J Putz 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0.97 .073
M Zagurski 0.0 1 1 1 1 0 0.56 -.058
Total 9.0 6 2 3 1 9 0.67 .302

Batter AB R H HR RBI BB SO pLI WPA
D Fowler 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0.75 -.019
M Scutaro 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.81 -.084
C Gonzalez 4 1 1 1 1 0 3 0.52 -.026
M Cuddyer 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.71 -.014
T Colvin 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.76 -.074
R Hernandez 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.47 -.049
J Rutledge 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 0.52 .024
M Ekstrom 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C Torres 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D LeMahieu 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.49 .040
E Young 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.94 -.026
J Pacheco 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.66 -.035
J Sanchez 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1.43 -.040
Total 33 3 6 2 3 1 9 0.67 -.302
Batter AB R H HR RBI BB SO pLI WPA
W Bloomquist 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 0.56 .046
A Hill 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.58 -.097
J Kubel 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.27 -.028
P Goldschmidt 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 0.67 .155
J Upton 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 0.52 .054
M Montero 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 0.69 .001
C Young 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0.73 -.058
R Roberts 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 1.02 -.030
J Putz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
I Kennedy 3 1 1 0 3 0 1 1.45 .159
L Overbay 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.10 -.003
M Zagurski 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 29 6 8 1 6 6 10 0.68 .198
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