The Rocky Mountains climb with their biggest rally since 2010 to beat the humble Diamondbacks – Denver Post
Phoenix – They’re not the Kardiac Cardinals, not even close to them, but the Rockies staged two sets to beat hapless Arizona Friday night at Chase Field.
After Diamondbacks starter John Gray managed seven runs in the third inning, the Rockies won the game 9-7, scoring six runs in the sixth and three in the ninth.
Arizona, with the worst record in the majors, slipped to 50-110. Five Rocky players – Yensei Almonte, Jordan Sheffield, Tyler Kinley, Lucas Gilbreth and Carlos Estevez – dominated the D-Backs, going through five innings and winning nine. Gilbraith got the win and Estevez scored his eleventh save.
“These guys closed the door from the fifth inning onwards,” said manager Bud Black. “It enabled our center players to get some good hits, and Sam (Hillyard) had a great teammate to bring us closer.”
Shortstop Trevor Storey, likely to play in his last series with Colorado, tapped Brendan Rodgers with the green light for ninth. CJ Cron’s RBI shortstop Giraldo Perdomo scored Charlie Blackmon’s goal for an extra round.
Dom Nunez advanced to ninth with Caleb Smith’s Homer single to tie 7-7.
The last time the Rockies recovered from a deficit of seven or more games to win the game was on August 25, 2010 against Atlanta at Corse Field. By nine runs, the Rockies won that game 12-10.
While it was a night to party in Colorado, it was a night to forget Gray. Or maybe it will remain in a painful memory.
In what could have been his last game in the Rockies’ outfit, the 29-year-old right-hander hit seven runs on seven strokes, including three at home over four innings. Gray was unavailable to speak to the media after the match.
The most painful part for Gray: All that damage happened in the awful third inning. In the first, second and fourth rounds, Gray put the diamonds in order, hit a seven and didn’t walk with nothing.
“You know, the pitches rose to the big league hitters above the middle
Gray, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, will become a free agent at the end of the season. Although Gray and Rocky have expressed an interest in keeping him in Colorado, nothing is certain.
It will be interesting to see how Gray’s performance during the final two months of the season affects his future. He hasn’t deepened more than five rounds since August 4 and has gone 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA over his last nine rounds.
Gray was on fire to start Friday night’s game, hitting four of the six Arizona players he faced. But Diamondbacks slammed Gray in third.
Jake McCarthy led with a single and Geraldo Perdomo followed up with a double. Even the painting ascended by Humberto Castellanos. He pulled Gray’s first-class slider deep into the left field seats for Homer from three runs. It was the first home run by a D-Backs player since Zack Greinke arrived on June 24, 2019, at Chase Field opposite Clayton Kershaw.
A solo house run by Ketel Marte and Homer two-run by Christian Walker completed an Arizona ambush for Gray.
The sixth from Rocky brought them back to the game.
They marked the Castellanos for six hits, including the RBI single by Cron, the RBI double by Ryan McMahon and the RBI single by Elias Diaz. But the big hit came from the Hilliard racket. The diver led Castellano’s first pitch to the left field bench for Homer from three runs. Homer Hilliard was the thirteenth, seven of them coming on the road.
“This is a physical change that Sam did, it has nothing to do with (things) mentally, right?” Black said, noting Hilliard’s recent improvement in the board. “It’s all about what he had to do with the hitting mechanics. He changed mid-season, which is very difficult. And (he) accepted the results, even if it went the other way.”
Story has his name engraved in the Big League record book in the seventh inning. He walked and stole second for his 20th steal of the season and the 100th day of his career.
Story became the seventh player ever to score 150 home points and steal 100 bases during his first six seasons. Join an exclusive club featuring Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds, Daryl Strawberry, Andrew Jones, Ryan Brown and Mike Trout.
Rockies RHP Antonio Cinzatella (4-9, 4.10 PM) in Diamondbacks RHP Zach Gallen (3-10, 4.37)
6:10 p.m. Saturday, Chase Field
TV: AT&T SportsNet
radio: KOA 850 AM / 94.1 FM
Senzatela has emerged as the Rockies’ most consistent player in the final phase of the season, starting quality in eight of his last nine since August 11, scoring a 3.00 ERA. This ranks tenth in the National League in that period. Senzatella has evolved into a strike bomber, ranking third in the top with an average of 1.73 walks per nine runs. He didn’t take into account Colorado’s 6-2 loss to San Francisco on Sunday at Coors Field, but only allowed two runs in eight strokes across six innings. In two fights at Chase Field this season, Senzatela has a 5.06 ERA against the Diamondbacks. Gallen gets off to a solid start against the Dodgers, allowing one to run over six innings for victory. He’s 0-1 with 3.27 ERA in two games versus the Rockies this season and he’s 1-1 with 2.38 ERA in six games starting against them. On August 21 at Coors Stadium, he made seven rounds without goals but did not take into account the decision.
common: The Rockies opened their last three “road trip” games of the season Friday night following a hot streak away from Coors Field. In a nine-game swing across Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington, they won 7-2.
In the case: For the season, the Rocky ranked last in the National League in average road hitting (.215), base percentage (.290) and OPS (.683). It ranked 14th in home roads (74), only outperforming Pittsburgh (66).
Sunday: Rockies TBA at Diamondbacks TBA, 1:10 p.m., ATTRM
The end of the regular season