Despite the excitement of a handful of rookies being called up this month, September has been a depressing month for Rockies baseball. Tonight was no different. The meaningless game between two NL West teams finished with a lopsided score of 11-4, and Rockies fans are that much more anxious for March of 2017.
The Rockies offense showed life early in this one, with Charlie Blackmon drawing a leadoff walk to start the game. DJ LeMahieu extended his on-base streak to 30 games with a sharp line drive to center field, scoring Blackmon. Nolan Arenado followed with a bloop triple down the right field line, and set up Carlos Gonzalez for the RBI groundout. The Rockies carried an encouraging three-run lead after the top of the first.
Jorge De La Rosa took the mound, in which was likely one of his last few starts in a Rockies uniform. Things didn't go well, unfortunately. Jean Segura led off the bottom of the inning with a solo shot, and three more runs crossed home plate before the inning finished.
De La Rosa's struggles extended past the first inning, as he faced more trouble in the fourth. After giving up a leadoff homer to Jean Segura (again), Paul Goldschmidt shut the door on De La Rosa's night after he followed with a double. Eddie Butler came on in relief, and the Diamondbacks ran off with the game from there.
Butler allowed six hits and five runs over 1 1/3 innings to give the Diamondbacks a 11-4 lead. He struck out three and walked one.
Charlie Blackmon hit his 26th homer of the year, building upon his career high.
The main (and pretty much only) bright spot from this one was German Marquez' outing. He pitched two solid innings, allowing two hits while striking out one and walking one.
Jason Motte and Chad Qualls combined for a clean inning of work, but the Rockies fell quietly into the night 11-4.