Rockies Rout Anderson, Overpower Dbacks in Opener


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The Dbacks were one game away from an even .500 record, which means, of course, they weren’t able to prevail in their next game. The opener of the series in Colorado saw the Rockies flex their muscles to the tune of 5 homeruns. A rare sub-par pitching performance from Anderson sealed the fate for the Dbacks. It was a 10-5 defeat at the hands of the Rockies.

The scoring (as it usually does) was started by Arizona. In the 2nd inning, after a David Peralta single, Welington Castillo smacked his 5th homerun of the season (3rd for Arizona). Immediately, Nick Ahmed joined in the fun and hit his 4th long ball of the season. The back-to-back big flies gave the Dbacks a quick 3-0 advantage. In the the bottom half of the inning, Nick Hundley‘s RBI single cut down the Arizona lead to 3-1.

Jun 20, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo (7) hits an RBI double in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

A solo homer by Nolan Arenado in the 4th inning inched the Rockies closer. A solo homer by A.J. Pollock in the 5th inning returned the Arizona advantage to 2 runs. The bottom of the 5th inning spelled doom for Chase Anderson and the Dbacks efforts to finally get to .500.

Charlie Blackmon‘s RBI double got the scoring started for Colorado. Troy Tulowitzki‘s RBI single tied up the game for the Rockies. With a couple of runners on, Arenado smacked his 2nd long ball of the game (and 19th of the season) to give the bad guys a 7-4 lead. Just for good measure, Wilin Rosario also homered in the inning. That ended up being Anderson’s last hitter. Colorado scored six times in the 5th inning to give them an 8-4 lead.

Jun 21, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) hits a two RBI single in the second inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

In the bottom of the 7th, D.J. LeMahieu‘s solo homer added more cushion to the Colorado advantage. In the 8th inning, the Dbacks tacked on a run to cut down the deficit back to 4 runs. Just for good measure, Brandon Barnes smacked Colorado’s 5th homerun of the game. The Dbacks had a small threat in the 9th but they couldn’t get any runs across and had to settle for a 10-5 defeat.

Anderson (3-2) had easily his worst performance of 2015. He only lasted 4.2 innings and surrendered 8 runs with 8 hits. Kyle Kendrick (3-9) pitched decently and won his first game at home. He pitched 6 innings and gave up 4 runs while also giving up 8 hits.

Players of the Game

  • Nolan Arenado (COL) 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • Troy Tulowitzki (COL) 2-for-4, R, RBI
  • David Peralta (ARI) 3-for-4, R
  • A.J. Pollock (ARI) 3-for-5, R, HR, RBI

Arizona (34-36) and Colorado (31-39) will do it again on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

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