After a winless week, Rockies fans can take a deep breath after the club defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2. Raimel Tapia and Tony Wolters led the way on the offensive end while Ryan Castellani and the Rockies bullpen limited the D-backs to a pair of solo homers.
The Tony Tap Combo
Raimel Tapia continued to swing the bat well, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base—his fifth multi-hit game since August 11th. In fact, since the 11th, Tapia has gone 19-for-59 (.322) after opening the season 2-for-16 (.125).
Also joining the three-hit club was Tony Wolters who had himself a game, going 3-for-4 and scoring two runs himself. He also may have been the first catcher to ever get an out by drilling a runner in the helmet.
There ... there is a lot to unpack here. pic.twitter.com/PwfK50QQUK— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 25, 2020
Wolters wasn’t able to finish the game after taking a pitch to the knee in the ninth. He was replaced by Drew Butera.
Ryan comes home for a dub
Ryan Castellani bounced back well and earned his first career win. He pitched a game line of 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB and 3 K. Castellani’s first win has to feel even better knowing he did it just a few miles away from where his dream of playing in the majors all started.
Castellani did not look like a rookie pitching for his first win tonight. The rook had composure all night no matter the situation. He only allowed three hits, two of which were hammered out by both Christian Walker and Kole Calhoun. This didn’t seem to faze him, though, as he continued on for two more strong innings.
Story time in the desert
Trevor Story’s dominance at Chase Field continued Monday night after he set the tone early by crushing a homer to left field in the first inning. It was his 11th home run at Chase Field.
The Rockies bullpen was handed the game in the seventh inning with the job to hold the one-run lead and get Castellani his first career win. Bud Black went to the Yency Almonte/Carlos Estévez combination to get him to the ninth. Almonte came in and quickly got two outs but was pulled after giving up back-to-back two-out hits. Estévez came in to face Calhoun, who nearly blew the game open for the D-backs with a very deep fly out at the wall in left field. But the ball was caught and Daniel Bard earned the save in the ninth to hand the D-backs their sixth straight loss.
The Rockies stay in the desert for three more games before coming home on Friday to face the Padres. Germán Márquez (2-4, 4.38 ERA) will take the ball for the Rox on Tuesday against young lefty Alex Young (1-1, 4.50 ERA).