Game 1: Sim Diamondbacks 5, Sim Rockies 3
As was the case on Sunday, the Rockies were unable to mount a comeback after giving up five early runs in Game 1 of the doubleheader yesterday. Jon Gray was heavily out-dueled by Madison Bumgarner, who pitched seven scoreless innings and earned Player of the Game honors.
The Gray Wolf gets snakebitten
Five was the number for Jon Gray in Game 1. Number 55 pitched five innings, gave up five hits, issued five walks, and struck out five batters. The only non-five he put up was three earned runs, all coming from a bases clearing three-run double off the bat of Kole Calhoun in the third inning.
In his last appearance against the Sim Pirates, Gray dazzled — pitching six innings and giving up only two runs. He also struck out eight (and walked four). He’s had some struggles this year, including a recent trip to Albuquerque, so hopefully he’s able to brush this loss off and move on to the next game.
No offense, but mucho swagger late
The Sim Rockies were held scoreless by Madison Bumgarner, who pitched seven scoreless innings. He held the Sim Rockies to two hits and walked just as many. He also struck out six.
Raimel Tapia brought mucho swagger with him today, scoring the only runs for the Sim Rockies. After Bumgarner walked Brian Mundell to start the eighth inning, he was lifted for Hector Rondón.
He was charged with one earned run, but that came off of a baserunner who scored on Raimel Tapia’s three-run homer in the eighth. The other two runs on that blast were charged to Hector Rondón.
Rondón bagen his appearance by giving up a double to Josh Fuentes to put runners on second and third with nobody out. He then struck out pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy and got Trevor Story to pop out to make it runners on second and third with two outs, but then Tapia came to the plate. He launched a 491-foot three-run homer to right field — his first of the sim season — in hopes of starting a comeback.
Nolan Arenado was walked by Rondón before Andrew Chafin entered the game. He then walked Matt Kemp, who was lifted in favor of a speedier Garrett Hampson to pinch-run. But then Ryan McMahon struck out for the third time in the game, thus ending the comeback effort. The Sim Rockies tried again in the ninth with back-to-back baserunners, but a double play by Josh Fuentes and a pop-out by pinch-hitter Sam Hilliard ended the rally.
Game 2: Sim Diamondbacks 3, Sim Rockies 2
In the second game of a double header, the Sim Rockies fell short to the Sim Diamondbacks again to fall into a three-game losing streak and are now 14 games behind in the NL West standings.
Not a bad debut for Jack Wynkoop
It was a pitchers duel between Wynkoop and Sim Diamondbacks rookie pitcher Zac Gallen. Wynkoop made his Sim MLB debut for the Sim Rockies, pitching six innings, collecting six strikeouts and allowing only three hits. Wynkoop allowed a run early in the first to give the Sim Diamondbacks an early lead, but wouldn’t allow them to score again until the sixth inning.
Two home runs, one man show
David Dahl scored both of the Sim Rockies runs...by himself. In the fourth inning, Dahl drove a 427-foot shot to score the first run and collect the first hit of the ball game for the Sim Rockies, which tied it 1-1. After a silent fifth inning from both sides, the Sim Diamondbacks scored in the top of the sixth to lead 2-1, but not for long.
Dahl hit his second home run of the game, and 12th of the season, with another 487-foot shot to tie the game 2-2 at the end of the sixth.
The score would remain tied through the ninth inning, when the Sim Diamondbacks scored in the top of the ninth to take the win and send the Sim Rockies into a three-game slump. Wade Davis took the loss for the Sim Rockies (1-3, 7.08 ERA).
Mike Leake collected the win for the Snakes (7-4, 3.03 ERA) and Yoan López earned his first save of the season.
The Sim Rockies will play their final game against the Sim Diamondbacks on Wednesday before hitting the road to play the Sim Brewers. Antonio Senzatela (5-4, 4.33 ERA) will take the mound for Colorado and Robbie Ray (4-9, 4.94 ERA) for Arizona.