DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 22: Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin throws out the first pitch before a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 22, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
After getting blown out by ten runs the night before, Saturday night's close 8-7 loss to Arizona might have felt a little like progress, but the end result was still the same as the Rockies lost their eighth straight, and the troubling trend of high walk, inefficient outings continued for Colorado.
Overall, Jhoulys Chacin was more of the middling pitcher of his last few outings than the dominant one he was when he first came off the disabled list. Chacin allowed three runs in four innings (well, all three were allowed in the first, his next three innings were okay) walking two and striking out two, with an even six to six GB/FB rate. His designated piggybacker Carlos Torres got through one scoreless inning in the fifth, but couldn't record an out before getting pulled in the sixth. That inning would prove disastrous for the Rockies, as five Diamondback runs would cross the plate, four of them getting aboard via the free pass.
The Diamondbacks were almost the opposite extreme as their pitching took a low strikes, but all strikes bend but try not to break approach, with a healthy 19/6 GB/FB ratio on outs. They recorded no walks and eight K's, but all of the pitches in the strike zone also resulted in a lot of Colorado hits, 14 overall, with Jordan Pacheco and Wilin Rosario leading the way with three apiece. Rosario hit his 26th home run of the season, passing Todd Helton's mark for the most by a Rockies rookie. Andrew Brown also homered for the Rockies.
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