Too many double plays
The Rockies hit into five double plays tonight, three of which were hit by last night’s hero Chris Iannetta. He is the fifth player in franchise history to hit into three double plays in the same game. In the second inning, Iannetta hit into a 5-4-3 double play; in the fourth, he hit into a 6-4-3; and in the sixth he hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Daniel Murphy hit into a 4-6 in the seventh and Desmond hit into a 6-3 which was not immediately ruled a double play. It was first ruled a fielder’s choice where David Dahl was tagged out at second base, but after further review it was deemed that Desmond did not beat the throw by Nick Ahmed. Somehow, they still won.
Walks will help
The Rockies began the fourth inning with three straight walks from Reynolds, Dahl, and Desmond. Brendan Rodgers then hit a 2 RBI single to knock home Dahl and Reynolds and then (after a double play from Iannetta) Jeff Hoffman reached on a bunt single and was able to knock Desmond home.
Two high pitch counts
Neither starter was stellar, but they did alright. The problem they both ran into was high pitch counts. Robbie Ray had 102 pitches in 4 2⁄3 innings and Jeff Hoffman had 89 in 5 innings. After three innings, Hoffman had 62 pitches and Ray had 55 pitches. Hoffman finished with a line of 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR and Ray finished with a line of 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K.
The Rockies and Diamondbacks have one more game tomorrow. Kyle Freeland will take the ball against Diamondbacks rookie Taylor Clarke, who will be making his third major league start. First pitch is at 1:10 MT.