A season gone wrong turned in its latest ugly chapter Tuesday night at Coors Field, when the Rockies scratched their most reliable starter because of ankle soreness and instead had to call up an unproven arm from Triple-A for a spot start against Arizona.
The results were as predicable as a bad movie script for last-place, underachieving Colorado.
Swapping Jon Gray for Jeff Hoffman — caused by Gray slipping and spraining his ankle as he came into the dugout last Friday in San Diego — led to a decisive 9-3 win for Arizona. Hoffman gave up three first-inning homers and seven runs through two hard-to-watch innings, and the Diamondbacks sent the spiraling Rockies to their seventh defeat in their last eight games.
Hoffman’s pitches appeared to be batting practice for Arizona from the game’s opening at-bat, when Jarrod Dyson teed off on a fastball for a homer on the second pitch. That made it 1-0, but the Diamondbacks were just getting warmed up against their divisional rivals.
A Ketel Marte walk followed, then Christian Walker hit a fly that carried out to the right-field seats for a somewhat cheap home run considering Statcast’s expected batting average on the pitch was .130. That made it 3-0 before Nick Ahmed belted another two-run homer, this time with two outs as Arizona went up 5-0.
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Colorado got a run back in the bottom of the frame with Daniel Murphy’s RBI single to score Charlie Blackmon, but Arizona negated that with another home run off Hoffman in the second inning. This time it was David Peralta with a two-run homer to right field. His 113.2-mph sizzler — the hardest-hit ball of the evening — came on Hoffman’s dead-red fastball and inflated the visitors’ lead to 7-1 as boos rained down upon the right-hander.
Meanwhile, the Rockies’ offense banged out hits against Arizona rookie Zac Gallen, but the Diamondbacks’ right-hander consistently worked around traffic.
Gallen pitched four innings and allowed nine hits but only two earned runs. Colorado (53-67) stranded eight runners against him, and Nolan Arenado’s sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the fourth accounted for the other score when the Diamondbacks turned a 7-2 …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports