Diamondbacks ride the bats to first series sweep


Jun 5, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop

Chris Owings

(16) is congratulated after his home run by right fielder

Gerardo Parra

(8) in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 12-7. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

It took 62 games to do it, but the Diamondbacks finally have swept a series in 2014, defeating the Rockies 12-7 at Coors Field. The Dbacks are on quite a role right now, and are only 10 games under .500. A day after scoring 16 runs, including 11 runs in the 8th and 9th innings to win game 2 of the series, the Dbacks bats continued to stay hot, beating the Rockies 12-7  for the series sweep. Get out the brooms Dbacks fans!

Its no surprise that this achievement came on the road for this team. They are 17-14 away from Chase Field in 2014, but have a Major League worst 9-22 home record. This was a much needed sweep for this team after losing three straight games to the Reds at Chase Field, and now the Dbacks move on and start a homestand against the Braves and Astros.

This is the first series sweep at Coors Field for the Snakes since 2008 when they swept the Rockies on April 4th-6th. In the last two games of the series combined the Dbacks scored 28 runs on 39 hits, with five of those hits being home runs. The Dbacks also did something in this series that they haven’t done a whole lot this season: they hit well with runners in scoring position. The Snakes went 15 for 30 which equates to a .500 batting average.

The Dbacks offense knocked out starter Juan Nicasio in the 6th, having already built a 7-2 lead. Miguel Montero hit a solo homer in the third, and Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo homer in the 5th. At that point the Dbacks were winning 7-2.

After this the game got interesting as the Rockies offense came alive. Starter Bronson Arroyo started the 6th by giving up a homer to who else Troy Tulowitzki, followed by a Michael Cuddyer double. Then he got two groundouts and a strikeout to get out of trouble int the inning. The Rockies then struck for three runs in the 7th to trim the Dbacks to 7-6. One run was charged to Arroyo and two runs were charged to Trevor Cahill who relieved Arroyo.

Then the Dbacks late inning magic continued. Chris Owings who has been on fire with the bat as of late, hit a two run homer with two outs in the 8th to make it 9-6 and give the Dbacks a cushion. Rockies pinch hitter Brandon Barnes then hit an inside the park home run to cut the lead to 9-7. The ball ricocheted off the wall in center.

Then the Dbacks sealed the win with a three run 9th that included four singles and an error by Michael Cuddyer. With breathing room, Addison Reed clinched the win. The Snakes start a four game series with the Braves