Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Colorado Rockies in their game today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. His opposite was Robbie Ray, who struck out four over three innings, but also walked one and gave up five hits. Yes, the games don't matter, but it's still impressive to see the Rockies pitching staff limit the Diamondbacks to just four hits. They also struck out eight, walking just a single batter.
The Rockies struck for two early on off of a Charlie Blackmon double with the bases loaded in the second inning, which plated Nick Hundley and Wilin Rosario. They'd tack on three more in fourth inning, courtesy of a Troy Tulowitzki double that cleared the bases.
Kendrick was given an extra inning of work, and he pitched well in the fourth inning to finish his day. He gave up just two hits overall, while walking one and whiffing one. The five relievers who followed Kendrick — Rafael Betancourt, LaTroy Hawkins, Rex Brothers, Boone Logan, and John Axford — each tossed a scoreless inning, combining to strikeout seven while walking none and giving up just two hits. Another batter reached base on an error, but all told the Rockies' pitchers worked effectively to keep the D-Backs quiet.
A solo shot from Corey Dickerson gave the Rockies their sixth run in the fifth inning, which would be the last of the scoring by either team. The Rockies host the Brewers tomorrow afternoon at 4:10 EST. What're the Rockies' plans for the rotation following the release of Chacin? Hopefully we hear some news in the coming days.