The Rockies and Diamondbacks played yet another close game at Coors Field on Thursday and, like they did on their Memorial Day matinee, had to settle the game in extra innings. But, for the fourth time in the homestand they won in a walk-off, 11-10 in ten innings. Daniel Murphy clinched the sweep when he hit a two-out single to drive in Trevor Story from third base of Yoshihisa Hirano.
The Rockies are now 28-27 and moved ahead of the Dbacks (28-29) for third in the NL West.
It looked like it was going an old fashioned Coors Canaveral game early as both teams combined for 12 runs on 13 hits—in just the first three innings. They were helped significantly by David Dahl and Ryan McMahon, who knocked a two-run home run each (the exasperated Dbacks announcers calling them is just a bonus):
Their slash lines are up to .260/.356/.449 for RyMac (going from a wRC+ of 86 to 100) and .319/.372/.512 for Dahl (105 wRC+ to 117).
And after Arizona put up their five-run eighth inning, the team responded with a pinch-hit solo home run from Ian Desmond to make it a 10-9 game. Two-out hits from Story, Dahl, and Nolan (his first of the day, the team’s 16th) tied the game at 10, and into extra innings they went.
In all, the two teams combined for 21 runs, 34 hits, 6 home runs, 6 walks, 21 strikeouts, 15 pitchers, 367 pitches in 3 hours and 51 minutes.
Kyle Freeland continues to wander in the wilderness of ineffectiveness. He allowed three runs in the second inning, one in the second (all with two outs), and one in the third. He gave up two home runs, including one to the Dbacks starting pitcher on a 91 mph middle-middle fastball. His day was done after three innings and was only rescued from complete disaster by the offense’s ability to produce a plethora of runs. His season ERA is now 7.13 and we’ll wait and see what the Rockies choose to do between now and his next scheduled start on June 5 at Wrigley Field.
The Rockies will continue interleague play this weekend when the Toronto Blue Jays (21-35) visit Denver for the first time since a certain former-Rockies shortstop made his return to Coors Field in 2016. German Márquez will take the mound for the Rockies and Edwin Jackson (yep, he’s still around) will start for the Blue Jays. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm MT.