After a blowout loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, the Rockies were hoping to bounce back on Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Snakes were sitting on a 5-9 record and in the bottom of the division after getting swept in a four game series in San Francisco. The Rockies steadily tacked on a single run here and a run there and entered the ninth with a pretty comfortable 4-1 lead. Unfortunately, that didn’t prove to be enough.
What in the world just happened?
Wade Davis entered the ninth inning with a 4-1 lead, which is usually pretty good for most pitchers, especially against a lineup made up of mostly backup players. Kole Calhoun started off the inning with a leadoff double. OK, fine. That is, until Ildemaro Vargas knocked him in with a double of his own to make it 4-2. David Peralta had the day off, but went 1-for-1 in his pinch hit appearance. Tim Locastro, a.k.a. the Human Hit By Pitch, wore one to load the bases for Josh Rojas. Rojas ended up knocking in Vargas to make it 4-3. Davis was finally removed from the game in favor of Jairo Díaz.
Díaz came in and gave up a sacrifice fly to Starling Marté to tie the game. But it was Eduardo Escobar who ultimately played hero for the snakes, hitting a walk-off long ball over the head of Sam Hilliard to clinch the game 5-4. What a game.
Some positive notes
Before the epic collapse of a ninth inning, there were some positive notes. Ryan McMahon accounted for the Rockies’ first two runs in the first half of the game, hitting a sac fly in the third to put the Rox on top and then hitting a 393-foot jack in the sixth to double the lead — his fourth of the year. Nolan Arenado also continued his ten game hitting streak with a double in the ninth.
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The Rockies look to bounce back and stop the three game skid. Antonio Senzatela will face off against the Diamondbacks’ new ace Mason Saunders...I mean, Madison Bumgarner. First pitch is at 6:15pm MT, and you can watch and chat with us on YouTube or on Facebook Live! Hope to see you then!