Diamondbacks fall to Rockies

PHOENIX—Nolan Arenado continued his hot start to the season, and Trevor Story homered, leading the Rockies to a 3-1 win over the D-backs Friday night.

Rockies starter Kyle Freeland pitched six strong innings giving up one run on six hits, walking two and striking out two.

This matchup with the Rockies came as the first time these teams have matched up as the NL West’s first-and-second-place teams for the first time in four years.

Arenado doubled in the first inning off D-backs starter Robbie Ray, and the date marked the anniversary of the Rockies calling up the talented slugger four years ago. Bryce Harper and Mike Trout were also called up on this day, five years ago.

“This game is hard. You can’t take anyone lightly. In the minors, you can get away with some days. In the big leagues, you’ve got to come ready to play and compete,” Arenado said.

Paul Goldschmidt reached base against the Rockies at Chase Field for the 31st straight game, the longest by a D-back against a single team, and the fourth-longest streak against a single team in the Majors. Goldy has had arguably one of the best starts in baseball this season. He’s hitting .321 with 20 runs, four dingers, 18 RBI, and six stolen bases.

In the bottom of the fifth with one out and Goldy up to bat, the D-backs executed a double steal, putting men on second and third. But Goldy hit an infield fly and Yasmany Tomas grounded out, stranding two on base and leaving fans wondering what could’ve been.

“Sometimes they make it look so easy that when they don’t get it done, you forget how hard it is,” Lovullo said.

The D-backs have racked up 11+ strikeouts for six straight games now, a feat accomplished by just six teams in the last 19 years.

In the bottom of the seventh, a failed pickoff attempt sent AJ Pollock from first to third, but the Ump sent Pollock back to second. Lovullo comes out, has a word with the ump, and then goes back to the dugout. Immediately after this is another pickoff error which sends Pollock back to third. Owings was up with two outs and Pollock on third, but couldn’t capitalize.

On Deck for the D-backs: The D-backs take on the Rockies in the second game of the series Saturday at 5:10 MT. Zack Greinke takes the mound for Arizona, while Tyler Anderson takes the mound for Colorado. Greinke is 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA and 31 strikeouts. Greinke has a 2.38 FIP, so not only are his numbers for real this year, they’re projected to improve.

(In case you don’t know what FIP is, I’ll phrase it to you this way: “Do ya feel lucky, punk?” FIP is a luck meter. It tells us whether a pitcher has been lucky, unlucky, or normal. It’s a great tool to determine whether to buy or sell a player.)

 

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