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Dbacks @ Rockies Doubleheader: Arizona Takes Two!

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Apr 28, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 12-5. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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The first game of the doubleheader couldn’t start any better for the Dbacks. Although Arizona wasn’t able to cash in on 3 walks in the first inning, they were able to break through in the second. After another couple of free passes earlier in the inning, Ender Inciarte clutched up and drove in Nick Ahmed to start the scoring.

Manager Chip Hale’s decision of penciling Mark Trumbo at the 2nd spot paid dividends. Trumbo hit a beauty of an opposite field home run to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead. It was Trumbo’s 3rd homer of the season and continued his damaging ways against Colorado pitching.

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In the third inning, A.J. Pollock drew Arizona’s 6th walk of the game and would soon steal his 5th base of the season. Yasmany Tomas would drive Pollock home with an opposite field hit. That would chase Tyler Matzek out of the game for good and extend the Arizona lead to 4-0.

The floodgates officially opened in the 5th inning.  Trumbo followed up a an Inciarte double with a double of his own to score Inciarte. With two runners on, Tomas came up with another RBI single. After him, Aaron Hill cleared the bases with a 3-run home run. After the 4th inning, the score escalated to 9-0.

Apr 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Josh Collmenter (55) throws during the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

After cruising through the first four innings (only needing 38 pitches), Josh Collmenter surrendered a home run to Justin Morneau to start the Colorado scoring. Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez would reach base later in the inning. Then, Inciarte stole what looked like at least extra bases and possibly a home run away from Nick Hundley. It was enough to be a sacrifice fly.

In the 6th inning, Arizona made sure to avenge those two runs. After a Pollock double, Tomas came through with his third RBI single of the game. Tomas would come around to score later in the inning on a Jordan Pacheco sacrifice fly. The score at the end of 6 was an 11-2 Dbacks advantage.

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The bottom of the 7th saw Hundley finally get his home run. The top of the 8th saw Arizona answer with Hill driving in Pollock, who had hit his 2nd double of the game. After a Drew Stubbs homer in the bottom of the 8th, Collmenter would depart from the game.

The 9th inning also saw Arizona and Colorado scored a run a piece. The first game mercifully ended with a 13-7 Dbacks win. Collmenter (3-3) gave up 10 hits and 5 runs in 7+ innings, while striking out 5. The numbers may be inflated due to the fact that Arizona was ahead big early. Matzek (2-1) went 2+ and allowed 4 runs while walking 6.

Apr 16, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill (2) hits a two run double against the San Francisco Giants during the twelfth inning at AT&T Park. The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-6 in extra innings. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Hill went 4-for-5 with 4 RBI and has now built a decent 5-game hitting streak. Inciarte went 4-for-6 with a couple of runs and a couple of RBI. Tomas went 3-for-6 with a couple of runs and 3 RBI. Pollock went 3-for-3, reached base all 6 times and scored 4 runs. Unfortunately for Goldschmidt, he went hit less and snapped his 6-game hitting streak.

In Game 1, Arizona was 9-for-22 with runners in scoring position. The Diamondbacks were able to collect 18 hits. Last week the Dbacks scored 12 runs and 9 runs in two separate games against Colorado. The first session of the doubleheader saw them exceed those numbers.

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