The Colorado Rockies were absolutely baffled by Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke on Sunday afternoon. Given their track record against him, they might have thought they had a chance to keep their bats going and get the sweep on Sunday. Instead they fell by a final score of 6-1.
Greinke was great
Here’s the thing about Zack Greinke on Sunday: he threw some cookies. He put some fastballs right over the center of the plate. He just also had Rockies hitters so thoroughly confused and off balance that they were never ready to punish him for making those pitches.
Greinke threw some looping curveballs. He threw some nasty changeups. He painted some corners. He got a bunch of swings and misses. All told he went eight innings and struck out 13. Aces are going to be aces, and it just made it that much important that the Rockies got the series win the day before.
Garrett Hampson with an ill-timed first
Hampson committed his first big league error in the bottom of the sixth inning of this game. It was on a double play groundball that would have ended the inning and kept the score 3-1. Instead the inning continued and the Diamondbacks tacked on three more runs.
Hampson didn’t make Chris Rusin walk the next man up, and he didn’t make Yency Almonte walk in a run and give up two more on a hit. But it still all came back to that error for how this one went sideways.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Rockies as they welcome the Houston Astros to Coors Field for two games starting on Tuesday night. They have risen to the occasion lately, and with this seven-game winning streak snapped they’ll look to start another one this week.