Diamondbacks snap losing streak, beat Rockies 6-2
PHOENIX—Zack Greinke threw five innings of one-hit ball as the Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 6-2 in front of a sellout crowd Saturday night at Chase Field.
Through five innings, Greinke had given up just one hit to Colorado and had as many hits as Colorado. Greinke lasted seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits, striking out eight batters. Greinke did not walk a batter.
“Felt really good,” Greinke said. I should’ve walked [Trevor] Story before he hit the home run,” Greinke said. “It was a good job of hitting. It wasn’t a perfect pitch, but it was a good pitch,” Greinke said. “He did a good job.”
Story’s homer came in the top of the seventh on a slider down in the zone. It was Story’s eleventh of the year.
“It’s impressive isn’t it,” Archie Bradley said about Greinke. “It seems like he’s a man among boys sometimes out there. It’s almost like watching a guy paint a picture, man. It’s pretty impressive,” Bradley said.
Tyler Chatwood was on the mound for Colorado. The last time Chatwood pitched at Chase Field he gave the Diamondbacks fits. Just one run over seven strong innings back on May 7. Chatwood lasted 6 1/3, giving up six runs (four earned) on seven hits, walking three and striking out six.
The action started with a leadoff triple by Daniel Descalso. He easily scored on a groundout from David Peralta. “I thought Daniel Descalso’s leadoff triple really set a great tone for us,” Manager Torey Lovullo said.
In the bottom of the fourth. Paul Goldschmidt tripled to leadoff the inning. Chris Owings, who hit two homers Friday night, doubled him home. 2-0 D-Backs. A wild pitch allowed Chris Owings to score making it 3-o Diamondbacks.
Next inning, following Greinke’s hit, Peralta doubled. With two outs, Goldy couldn’t drive in the run.
Finally, some offense for Colorado in the top of the seventh in a Nolan Arenado base hit. Mark Reynolds struck out, however. Story’s homer cut down the D-Backs lead to 3-2.
Arizona didn’t take long to fire back. Jeff Mathis, who was hitting .183 on the season, tripled home a run to extend the Diamondbacks lead to 4-2.
“I thought Jeff Mathis’ ball off the centerfield wall was crucial,” Lovullo said.
“[Chatwood] got me with the slider the at-bat before so I kind of had that in the back of my mind, and I got one that I could drive,” Mathis said.
Next batter, Ketel Marte. Fly ball to left, dropped by Rockies outfielder Mike Tauchman. So, Marte got all the way to second, and Mathis scored, making it 5-2 Diamondbacks. David Peralta was up next, and he doubled to left to score Marte and Arizona was up 6-2. Goldy was intentionally walked, and Jake Lamb was walked to load the bases with one out and a red-hot Owings up to bat. Owings hit a pop fly that was caught behind home plate for the second out. Brandon Drury grounded out to short to end the inning.
“I thought Ketel Marte’s ball to left field was a characteristic of this team,” Lovullo said. “He hits a routine fly ball to left field. Semi-routine fly ball to left field but he hustles out of the box and ends up on second base and then scores on a base hit. So, give us some credit for taking advantage of those moments,” Lovullo said.
The flamethrowing Bradley came in to relieve Greinke in the top of the eighth. Bradley gave up a single to Charlie Blackmon but was great other than that.
Andrew Chafin relieved Bradley in the top of the ninth. Raimel Tapia led off the inning with a single. Arenado followed up with a base hit of his own. Mark Reynolds struck out next and was rewarded with a Golden Sombrero (four strikeouts in a game).
Fernando Rodney then came in to relieve Chafin with one out in the top of the ninth, struck out two and forced a groundout from Ian Desmond to end the game and picked up his 21st save of the season.
The sellout crowd was the second this season for Arizona, the first coming on opening day.
“It was a really special night for us,” Lovullo said about the crowd. “Electric crowd that provided us with so much energy and we want to win those fans back. We want to bring in as many fans as we possibly can because I know these players really enjoy playing in front of our fans and it’s a special group of fans when they come out and support us,” Lovullo said. “We want to represent the entire state of Arizona the best we can, and hopefully we’re doing that every night,” Lovullo said.
“Unbelievable,” Bradley said about the crowd. “From the get-go, when they announced the Diamondbacks were taking the field, I had chills man. Seeing that top deck completely full was impressive. Come out to more games. I want to see that more, that was fun. You guys come to games like that, and it’s going to be a great year man,” Bradley said. “It’s going to be awesome.”
“Unbelievable, that was a huge crowd today,” Peralta said. I wish we could have a crowd like that every day. It was so motivational. It’s so good when you can get a base hit; the crowd goes crazy. That’s very inspirational for us when we’ve got this kind of big crowd,” Peralta said.
On Deck: Taijuan Walker (6-3, 3.50 ERA) and the D-Backs take on German Marquez (5-4, 4.38 ERA) in the third and final game of the series in a matinee Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
Injury Update: A.J. Pollock will play in another rehab game Sunday, and if all goes well, he should be back for the series against the Dodgers. “Tomorrow is going to be an important day for A.J.,” Lovullo said.
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