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Diamondbacks 11, Rockies 2: The hits just kept coming

Two-out runs were the difference maker in this one

It started ugly and never got any prettier as the Arizona Diamondbacks decidedly defeated the Colorado Rockies 11-2 in game two of the final series of the season.

Big first inning for Arizona

Antonio Senzatela’s night started off innocently enough, with a single and two outs. But then the floodgates opened as the Diamondbacks knocked four straight hits to the gaps, followed by an intentional walk and another double to the gap off the bat of starting pitcher Zac Gallen to plate six runs for the home team. After then allowing a walk, Senzatela’s night was done, going 23 of an inning and allowing six hits on six runs, all with two outs.

Slam Hilliard does it again

After hitting a big opposite-field home run on Friday night, Sam Hilliard stayed hot by launching a ball 109 MPH to right centerfield for a home run into the pool area at Chase Field. Hilliard will go into the offseason feeling good about his swing and approach at the plate after finishing the season strong.

Dom Nuñez goes deep

Dom Nuñez became the second Rockies catcher to reach double-digit home runs for the 2021 Rockies by hitting his tenth home run of the season in the top of the fifth inning. Like Hilliard, Nuñez has now hit a home run in back-to-back nights in the desert. The Diamondbacks have to be tired of facing Nuñez at this point, as five of his ten home runs have come against Arizona.

More two-out runs

The Diamondbacks weren’t done scoring runs with two outs as Ketel Marte lined a two-out double to right centerfield off of Jhoulys Chacín in the third inning to bring home two of his teammates. Carson Kelly got in on the action when facing Chi Chi González in the bottom of the sixth inning, by singling to centerfield and bringing Christian Walker around to score.

Finally, Daulton Varsho joined in on the two-out RBI action in the seventh inning. After starting the game 0-for-4, Varsho singled to centerfield off of Julian Fernández to plate the 10th and 11th runs for the D-Backs. On the night, all 11 Arizona runs were scored with two outs as the Diamondbacks went 7-for-12 with two outs and runners in scoring position.

Up next

TBD faces TBD in the final game of the season on Sunday at 1:10 MDT in Arizona. For the Rockies, Bud Black has indicated that the final game of the year will be a bullpen game, although when he made that comment he likely wasn’t counting on the Saturday night game turning into a bullpen game. The Diamondbacks have yet to indicate what the plan will be on Sunday afternoon.