The Colorado Rockies never stood a chance on Thursday afternoon. The Arizona Diamondbacks were dominant from wire to wire, chasing starting pitcher Chad Bettis in the first inning and cruising to a 7-0 victory. But it’s OK.
It really is OK. The Rockies finished the road trip with a 6-2 mark, so you don’t have to worry too much about this admittedly awful effort. A series win against the Diamondbacks would have been nice, but they still got a 2-2 split and this was still unquestionably a successful road trip in the most important games of the season to date.
So it’s OK that Bettis got rocked and embarrassed and only last 1⁄3 of an inning. It’s not fun, whether you’re talking about the bases loaded walk or the bases clearing double to A.J. Pollock. Five runs in the first inning might even be considered a disaster, but you don’t need to worry about it. That’s not to mention the fact that we can take heart in the bullpen piecing together the rest of the game and allowing just two runs.
You also don’t need to worry that J.D. Martinez hit another freaking home run. Does it make the Diamondbacks look like that much scarier an opponent in the one-game wild card round? Sure, but we can worry about that later. This was a good road trip, so it’s OK. Seriously, this is fine:
If you were going to worry about something, maybe it would be the lifeless offense and the fact that they have not been able to touch Arizona starting pitcher Zack Godley all season. In a different context, it might be infuriating to see that Godley pitched eight scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and zero walks. It might also be frustrating to see that he did it in only 85 pitches. But not today.
You don’t need to worry about that. The bats showed enough life in big road games that we don’t need to panic about this one. The Rockies have two MVP candidates who played like it on this trip in Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon, and they have Carlos González showing signs of his old self. You don’t need to fret about today. It’s OK.
It’s definitely OK that former Rockie Chris Iannetta had three hits and continues to bat second for a good team with a good lineup. That is fine. It’s also OK that Paul Goldschmidt finally did damage against Colorado and that Pollock ended up with four RBI. This was a good road trip full of good pitching, so you don’t need to worry about this one bad day.
The Rockies end the season series with the Diamondbacks with a 8-11 record, marred mostly by bad showings over the last couple months. If these two teams do meet in the wild card game, however, none of that will matter. It will be just that one game, and hopefully the Rockies did enough on this good road trip (did I mention it went well?) to ensure that they’ll be in that wild card game.
Colorado heads home this weekend for a series against the San Diego Padres that will include the Rocktober reunion. Get ready to see that Todd Helton home run and that Manny Corpas throw and that Matt Holliday slide throw over and over again, and get ready to love it every second of it.