The Colorado Rockies weren’t going to win every single series of 2020 and they finally dropped one on Wednesday afternoon to the Arizona Diamondbacks after a 13-7 loss at Coors Field.
Moment of the Game: Kinley Comes Apart
Colorado had the game all tied up at 5-5 heading into the seventh when righty reliever Tyler Kinley was called upon to continue his great start. Unfortunately, his wildness and propensity to allow base runners get the best of him.
After loading the bases on a pair of seeing-eye singles and a walk, he got Starling Marte to bang one into the plate, but Nolan Arenado was unable to execute a ridiculous barehand attempt and everyone was safe. A grooved fastball to David Peralta was pulled it into the right field gap, clearing the bases.
That was pretty much the game at 9-5 until the Diamondbacks threw out three more runs to make it 12-5 as they kept finding the green for an eight-run inning.
Senza Waz Ok
Kole Calhoun threw out a leadoff bloop single at 68 MPH off the bat, finding a place in no-man’s land between three fielders in shallow right center. Ketel Marte followed with a single through the left side. A groundout from Starling Marte produced the first run of the game before Senzatela induced a 1-6-3, making a good pitch and a nice defensive play to end the threat.
In the fourth, he hung a curveball to Starling Marte who promptly deposited it onto the left-field concourse.
The fifth turned into a nightmare after Calhoun reached second on a “double” that was nothing more than Sam Hilliard losing the ball in the sun. A series of soft singles and a bad throw from Raimel Tapia later and the Diamondbacks suddenly scored three without recording a solid hit.
That tarnished Senzatela’s final line despite pitching well enough through six innings to have earned another quality start, despite all three of the fifth inning runs technically being “earned.”
The Bats Are Still Baking
Arenado crushed one to left-center field for his fifth home run of the season, tying the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third.
Ryan McMahon, despite sitting on a strikeout rate nearing 50 percent, was given the green light in a 3-0 count and launched a three-run jack the opposite way to put the Rockies on top 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
After the bad-luck fifth for Senzatela, Arenado tied the game at 5-5 with his second home run of the game and sixth of the season.
After an off-day on Thursday, Colorado welcomes the Texas Rangers for a three-game weekend set.