Game Wrap: Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 2

Christian Petersen

The Rockies wasted another solid pitching performance with base running gaffes and Troy Tulowitzki left the game in the third inning with a left shoulder strain.

Nolan Arenado's debut was nothing to get too excited about for Rockies' fans. Arenado was very sound defensively and at the plate he looked comfortable. However, the Rockies suffered another frustrating loss at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arenado ended 0-3 with a walk, but he was robbed of a base hit in the seventh when Gerrardo Parra slid and snared his sinking line drive.

Offensively, the Rockies just couldn't come up with the big hit for the second consecutive night and third time in the series. The Rockies went just 2-9 with RISP and only scored two runs, one scoring as the result of a wild pitch. Tulowitzki was thrown out at the plate in the first inning on a hit that third base coach Stu Cole probably should not have sent him on. Tulowitzki strained his left shoulder on the play when he slid awkwardly into home plate and catcher Miguel Montero.

Eric Young Jr. had three doubles, but came around to score just once. EY Jr. doubled to lead off the game and then tried unsuccessfully to advance to third on a grounder that was hit in front of him. After his second double he was erased on a pick off.

Jon Garland was solid again for the Rockies, but was hurt by a passed ball in the the third inning that allowed Gerardo Parra to move to third. Parra then scored on a wild pitch where Rosario elected to dive for the tag instead of shoveling the ball to Garland covering home plate. It looked to me that if he had flipped the ball to Garland, Parra would have been out.

Putz closed out the game for the D-backs, but not without some drama first. After a Cuddyer fly out, Pacheco singled and Arenado walked. Rutledge hit a tapper back to Putz that was slow enough for both runners to advance. That brought Carlos Gonzalez to the plate with the tying runs in scoring position. CarGo chased two splitters out of the zone before eventually striking out on a high fastball out of the zone, ending the threat and ending the game.

Streak: Lost 2
Games back: Tied for first

Source: FanGraphs

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