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Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 7: Another loss in the desert

Such as it goes this time of the year for a team that’s out of it, there were still a few positives to take away.

The Colorado Rockies once again saw a game get ugly once it was turned over to the bullpen on Tuesday night. They battled back and got within a run in the ninth inning, but ultimately fell short by a final score of 8-7.

Kyle Freeland battled

Unfortunately he left with an injury in the sixth inning of this game, but I thought there were some promising signs in this outing. Freeland struggled early, allowing three runs and giving up his 25th (!) home run of the season. But he bounced back after that and kept the Rockies in the game.

He left a bit of a jam when he exited, and that turned into an ugly inning. We can’t know if he would have gotten out of it, but I’ll still choose to stay positive on what Freeland showed us.

Another Bryan Shaw whoopsie

The Rockies tasked Shaw with cleaning up Freeland’s sixth inning, apparently determined to just trigger that 2021 clause now and get it over with. It didn’t go great. You know the drill: he issued a walk, he got too much of the plate in key spots, and the Diamondbacks made him pay. Jake Lamb got the hit to take the lead which, to be fair, found the hole in a shift. And then here is an RBI double from Eduardo Escobar:

Trevor Story had a big night

The Rockies’ star players accounted for a lot of offense. Story had four hits and a sacrifice fly, and Nolan Arenado hit a two-run home run. The offense might have left even more runs out there, with a bases loaded double play from Arenado in the seventh inning especially painful. But as always this season, the bats ultimately weren’t the problem.

Yonathan Daza is afraid of clowns

According to the scoreboard in Arizona. I was watching the game on mute, so I have no further context to provide. Just passing it along.

Looking ahead

The Rockies wrap up this series and their season series with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon. Jon Gray will start against Mike Leake for Arizona.