Rockies@Diamondbacks: Game 80 Preview
By Joseph Jacquez
Last Night’s Game:
Jeremy Hellickson had everything working in last nights series opening 8-1 win over the Rockies in front of 16,866 at Chase Field.
Hellickson was mixing up his fastball with his change-up going 7 innings for the first time this season allowing just one run on 3 hits while striking out 6.
Both Hellickson and Rockies starter Chris Rusin traded zeros through the first 4 innings.
The Rockies broke through first in the 5th when Rusin helped his own cause driving in his battery mate Nick Hundley from second to make it 1-0.
The Diamondbacks offense finally woke up for their starter in the 6th and 7th.
A.J. Pollock led off the 6th with a home run to left-center field to tie the game at 1-1. After that the Snakes had all the momentum.
With 2 outs, Wellington Castillo walked, and advanced to 2nd when Aaron Hill reached on a rare error by gold glover Nolan Arenado.
The Dbacks made the Rockies pay when David Peralta hit a dramatic bases clearing triple to make it 3-1 Dbacks.
In the 7th, Pollock singled with 1 out, and advanced to 2nd after Paul Goldschmidt walked. He leads the majors in walks.
Yasmany Tomas who loves hitting in the cleanup spot drove both Pollock and Goldschmidt in to make it 5-1.
Just for good measure, Aaron Hill drove in 2 with a double after Castillo walked to make it 7-1.
In the 8th, the Dbacks added on another run on yet another error by Arenado.
Rusin only allowed one earned run, but the Dbacks got to Scott Oberg who allowed 4 runs in 0.1 of an inning in relief.
When: 6:40 P.M.
Where: Chase Field (Roof Closed)
TV/Radio: FSAZ/AZ Sports 98.7 F.M.
Probable Starters: Kyle Kendrick (3-10 5.07 ERA) vs. Chase Anderson (4-2 3.66 ERA)
Need to Know: Chase Anderson is trying to redeem himself after a bad start against the Rockies in June in which he allowed 3 home runs, 2 of them to Arenado. In his last 2 starts, Anderson has allowed 6 HR’s and will try to keep the ball in the park. Willin Rosario is 6 for 8 against Anderson and Nick Hundley is hitting .368 in 7 games against the Dbacks this season. Kendrick has struggled against the league with 10 losses and has struggled against Arizona. He has allowed twenty three home runs the most in the majors, and he allowed sixteen first inning runs.