Not exactly the way the Arizona Diamondbacks wanted to start a weekend series against division rival Colorado Rockies. The table was set. Starter Daniel Hudson, 7-0 in his past 12 starts, against struggling Rockies starter Aaron Cook, who up until Friday night, was winless with a 5.86 ERA. That all changed with a 8-4 Rockies victory.
After some early offense against Cook, Cook was able to maintain and leave the game after six innings with a 5-4 lead. Hudson also went six innings. However, the bullpens were completely different. The Dbacks bullpen gave up three more runs while the Rockies bullpen gave up nothing. That in the end, is the telling reason why the Dbacks remain 4 games behind the San Francisco Giants, who also lost on Friday night.
So the two area of concern continued to grow on Friday night. Offense, or lack thereof, and the bullpen. Both will need to improve greatly to take the next two games against a Colorado team known for its second half comebacks.