The reeling Rockies were walloped by a double whammy Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.
Not only did they lose an 8-4 gut-puncher to the Arizona Diamondbacks, they just might have lost all-star shortstop Trevor Story to a finger injury.
Story, the all-star shortstop, was hit in his right index finger by a pitch from Chris Devensky in the eighth. Story took first base on the hit-by-pitch and stole second base, but he did not take the field in the bottom of the inning. After the game, manager Bud Black said Story “dodged a bullet” on a major injury, with X-rays coming out negative for a fracture.
The loss typified Colorado’s season.
After Colorado rallied to tie the game 4-4 in the eighth, Arizona ambushed closer Daniel Bard in the bottom of the frame for four runs on four consecutive hits: a single by David Peralta; a two-run triple by Stephen Vogt; a run-scoring double by Josh Rojas and a run-scoring double by Daulton Varsho.
Bard, who began the season pitching so well, now has a 9.00 ERA.
The Rockies’ eighth inning — although it turned out to be all for naught — produced a 4-4 tie. It was the kind of rally they have searched for much of the season.
Catcher Elias Diaz, the owner of a .103 average entering the game, led off with a double off Devenski. Devenski got Alan Trejo to fly out to center — though Diaz advanced to third — and then struck out pinch hitter Charlie Blackmon. At that point, the Rockies were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
But Raimel Tapia, who’s playing like an all-star, banged out an RBI single, his seventh hit in his last two games. Tapia stole second and scored on Garrett Hampson’s seeing-eye single up the middle.
Colorado took a 2-1 lead in the third on Story’s two-run homer to left. He drove in starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez, who led off with a single.
Story measured a curveball from right-hander Merrill Kelly and planted it into the left-field seats for his fourth homer of the season. Story’s blast came after he hit his first road homer of the season Saturday night.
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports
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