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Sim Diamondbacks 9, Sim Rockies 6: Comeback wasted as Colorado suffers sweep

After erasing 5-run deficit, bullpen blows lead

After the top of the fourth inning, the Sim Rockies were down 5-0. By the bottom of the fifth, the Rockies had climbed back to take a 6-5 lead. But it was Sim Arizona who had the final comeback, dropping the Rockies to 40-52 to fall further into last place in the NL West. Arizona, meanwhile, improved to 46-47, but are still in fourth place in the division.

Snakes hammer Senzatela

In his first four innings of work, Antonio Senzatela gave up four homers. Eduardo Escobar and Stephen Vogt hit solo shots in the second inning before Stephen Vogt added another solo home run in third. Ketel Marte then hit a two-run homer in the fourth, pushing Arizona’s lead to 4-0. Amazingly enough, by the time Senzatela was replaced by Jeff Hoffman to start the sixth inning, he was actually in position to get the win. Instead, he got a no decision, leaving his record at 5-4 and bringing his ERA up to 4.70.

Rockies roar back

Sam Hilliard had a great game, reaching base four times in the game, twice on walks and twice with hits. He started the Rockies’ comeback by scoring the first run after coming home on a Garrett Hampson single. Daniel Murphy stepped up with a big pinch-two-run hit double to cut Arizona’s lead to 5-3. David Dahl kept the rally going with another double to score Murphy and bring Colorado within one by the end of the fourth. Hilliard then put the Rockies on top with a two-run homer, his 10th of the year. It was an exciting comeback, but the 6-5 lead didn’t last long. Matt Kemp, who went 2-for-5 in the game and scored two runs, came home on Hilliard’s homer. The other run came when Brian Mundell, who also finished with two hits and one run, brought Kemp home on single in the bottom of the ninth in a last-attempt comeback that fell short.

Bullpen blows another one

It wasn’t Wade Davis this time. Instead, it was a combined losing effort from Hoffman and Carlos Estévez. In the top of the sixth, Tim Locasto, who totaled four hits in the game, hit an RBI single to tie the game at 6-all, but then scored to put the Diamondback’s up 7-6 on a double from Ketel Marte. In the eighth, it was Estévez’s turn. Starling Marté hit his 12th homer of the season, this time a two-run shot to right. It was 9-6 and Arizona completed the three-game sweep at Coors Field.

Up next

The Rockies will now hit the road for a four-game series at Milwaukee before the Sim All-Star break. In game one, Kyle Freeland (3-7, 4.23) will get the start for the Rockies, while Freddy Peralta (6-5, 5.31) will be on the mound for the Brewers. The game will be broadcast on YouTube at 6:15 p.m. MT.