Diamondbacks stay hot against Rockies…
Phoenix – AZ.
The Arizona Diamondbacks continued their hot hitting on their way to their fourth consecutive victory as they defeated the Colorado Rockies 6 – 3 in game one of their three-game set.
The Diamondbacks got the ball rolling in the second inning when Paul Goldschmidt hit the first pitch he saw from Rockies pitcher Jonathan Sanchez into the left field seats for his 13 home run of the season.
The Diamondbacks bats took over from there but they almost blew a golden opportunity in the bottom of the fourth inning. Goldschmidt was on second base following a walk and a steal and Justin Upton was on first, via walk, when Miguel Montero hit a sure double to right field, only to be thrown out when Goldschmidt, Upton and third base coach Matt Williams got their signals crossed with Goldschmidt and Upton almost ended up on third base together. Upton retreated back to second base but Montero was tagged out at first base.
That was followed by a Chris Young pop out to first and an intentional walk to Ryan Roberts to load the bases to get to pitcher Ian Kennedy. It looked like the Rockies had survived a potential big inning, but Kennedy took things in own hands hitting a base clearing triple to give the Diamondbacks a 4 – 0 lead.
A double by Willie Bloomquist to score Kennedy gave the Diamondbacks a 5 – 0 lead and the game was never in danger after that.
Kennedy did surrender a two-out solo home run to Josh Rutledge in the top of the fifth inning and a two out one-run single in the top of the eighth inning to Dexter Fowler that scored Rutledge, but that was it. Kennedy managed to scatter 5 hits over 8 innings with 7 strikeouts and 2 earned runs for an outstanding performance.
The Diamondbacks added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Upton scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Roberts, making the score 6 – 2.
Mike Zagurski came in to start the ninth inning for the Diamondbacks and promptly gave a lead-off home run to Carlos Gonzalez to cut the lead in half to 6 -3. He followed that with a 5 pitch walk to Michael Cuddyer and that was it for Zagurski.
Diamondbacks manger, Kirk Gibson was taking no chances as he brought in JJ Putz to close the door and get his eighteenth save of the season.
After the game Ian Kennedy was talking about his triple and stated “with a hit like that sometimes it overshadows the pitching”. Gibson said how catcher Miguel Montero and Kennedy were on the same page. 101E0120
In regards to the Montero getting caught up in the fourth inning, Gibson told a story about when he played. Winning makes even the mistakes not as big and hopefully this continues for the Diamondbacks as they go for their fifth straight victory Tuesday night.