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Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 3: Blown chances haunt Rox in home loss

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Maybe they’ll beat the Diamondbacks at home again someday.

The Colorado Rockies lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Tuesday night. A bad inning from the bullpen and missed opportunities on offense cost them this key divisional game as Arizona continues to own Coors Field.

Chris Iannetta and Gerardo Parra are bad hunters

Is that where “ducks on the pond” comes from as a term for runners in scoring position? Like the ducks are just sitting there to be shot? That’s unpleasant. Although I live in Minnesota, so that’s not a popular position to take.

Oh, and also Iannetta and Parra just kept leaving runners on base. Twice there were two runners on for these two hitters, and twice they failed to plate a run. For good measure, Iannetta failed to come through a third time with two men on in the ninth inning to end the game.

Parra barreled one to the warning track with two on in the fifth inning and was robbed by Steven Souza. Otherwise these two veterans didn’t deliver quality at-bats when the Rockies had their best chances to score.

Diamondbacks dingers

Nick Ahmed opened the scoring in the first with a solo home run. David Peralta delivered the killer blow to cap off a disastrous Jake McGee outing with a three-run blast in the seventh inning. A.J. Pollock added another solo homer in that frame for good measure. All their runs came on dingers, and it was enough on this night.

Tyler Anderson and Patrick Corbin set back the pace of play initiative

Both lefties had to grind and fight their command, with Corbin’s pitch count chasing him in the fifth inning. Anderson still managed a quality start, going six innings, but his walks and high pitch count combined with Corbin’s to make this one drag along in the early innings.

Looking ahead

German Marquez will take the mound for the Rockies on Wednesday as they try to snap their home losing streak to the Diamondbacks. Shelby Miller will get the start for Arizona.