Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Arizona Takes Three Games In Four-Game Series

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Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Colorado Drops Third Straight game

What looked to be another one-run loss for the Colorado Rockies turned into a three-run deficit in the top of the ninth. Huston Street allowed a two-run home run to Kelly Johnson, which led to the final score of 6-3.

But framing the story on that home run Street allowed veils the real issues with this team. Clayton Mortensen needs to step up with Jorge De La Rosa, but Thursday's performance was not a step in the right direction. In the fourth inning, Mortensen started the inning with two walks and then saw Miguel Montero place a ball over the right field wall. Mortensen allowed a fourth run in the sixth inning, but Melvin Mora ended any further threat when he was thrown out at second on the play.

The Rockies couldn't do anything against Micah Owings, who went five innings and allowed one run. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Carlos Gonzalez singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Troy Tulowitzki singled Gonzalez in for the first Rockies run. Todd Helton singled right after that, but Ty Wigginton ended any momentum with a double play.

The Rockies added two more runs in the seventh on a Jason Giambi sac fly and a Ryan Spilborghs single, closing the gap to 4-3. But then there was Street in for the top of the ninth.

The Rockies (24-25, 12-13) host the St. Louis Cardinals for the weekend.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Colorado Tries To Salvage Series On Thursday

After Wednesday night's 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Colorado Rockies fell to 6-11 in one-run contests. Jason Hammel was at the top of his game as those two runs scored as unearned ones. Alfredo Amezaga messed up a throw to start the sixth inning, which eventually led to run-scoring plays.

The Rockies will look to avoid falling even further behind in the division on Thursday afternoon when they put Clayton Mortensen on the mound. Clayton pitched well in his start against the Brewers on May 21, allowing three runs in 6.2 innings. A Prince Fielder RBI double, a run-scoring Jose Lopez error and a Jonathan Lucroy did the damage. But the Rockies offense could only muster a Carlos Gonzalez solo home run and a Seth Smith RBI ground out.

Micah Owings has a 5.06 ERA after one start this season. He gave up two home runs in 5.1 innings against the Twins. Owings is also known for being a two-way player as he can also play the field and hit.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Jason Hammel Strong, But Colorado Offense Non-Existent

The Colorado Rockies' Jason Hammel was the hard luck loser in Wednesday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Two unearned runs in the sixth inning for Hammel gave the D'Backs a 2-1 victory.

In the sixth inning, Ryan Roberts was safe at first base to start the inning because Alfredo Amezaga flubbed the throw across the field. Hammel then gave up a double to Kelly Johnson to have men on second and third. A Justin Upton ground out and a Chris Young single scored both runners, unearned runs at that.

The Rockies scored in the fourth inning, which started with a Seth Smith double. A wild pitch moved him to third and a Todd Helton sac fly had temporarily given the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Rockies were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.

The pitching was outstanding. Hammel allowed those two unearned runs in seven innings and struck out five. Ian Kennedy allowed just that one run in eight innings of work.

The Rockies (24-24, 12-12 home) fell to third place in the division and will complete this series on Thursday night at 6:40 p.m. MT. Clayton Mortensen and Micah Owings are the scheduled starters.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Colorado Regroups After Splitting Doubleheader

It certainly is not the best of times for the Colorado Rockies. Not only did the Rockies lose Tuesday's nightcap, but right before that game it was announced that pitcher Jorge De La Rosa suffered a torn UCL in his left elbow, ending his 2011 season most part of 2012.

Splitting the doubleheader combined with a San Francisco Giants loss made up half a game in the standings, but that's little comfort with uncertainty surrounding the team.

Arizona's starter is Ian Kennedy, who has two no-decisions in two starts against the Rockies this year. He drew the Opening Day assignment on April 1 and allowed four runs in six innings. A month later, he went six more innings and allowed two runs. However, the Rockies won both games. Kennedy enters this start with two straight wins, though his last start saw him allow four runs in 7.2 innings. His 3.24 ERA (3.10 FIP, 3.35 xFIP) has been helped by increasing his ground ball rate to 40 percent (up three percent) and stranding 72 percent of base runners.

Jason Hammel was in line for the win last Friday against the Brewers--that is until Rafael Betancourt served up the game-tying home run in the eighth inning. It was a decent start for Hammel, allowing three runs in 6.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back from his previous two starts, which saw him allow 10 runs combined.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Joe Saunders Corrals Colorado In 5-2 Victory

After learning that Jorge De La Rosa will be out for the rest of the year and part of 2012, the Colorado Rockies dropped the second game of their doubleheader to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-2. A particularly tough sixth inning for the Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin let the Diamondbacks take command of the game.

Entering the sixth inning, Chacin had allowed two runs, one on a Kelly Johnson homer in the first inning and a Xavier Nady RBI ground out. After a leadoff walk in the sixth, Kelly Johnson struck again with an RBI double. Stephen Drew doubled in Johnson, which eventually led to Miguel Montero doubling in Drew for a 5-1 lead. Chacin (5-3) finished seven innings, allowed five runs, walked two and struck out five.

For the Rockies, Jason Giambi smacked his sixth home run of the season in the second inning. The Rockies put up their next (and last) run on the board in the seventh inning on Ty Wigginton's third home run in 2011. Joe Saunders kept the Rockies in check for two runs over eight innings.

The Rockies (24-23, 12-11 home) resume this series with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night at 6:40 p.m. MT. Jason Hammel and Ian Kennedy are the scheduled starters.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Colorado Crushes Arizona, 12-4, But Jorge De La Rosa Injured

The Colorado Rockies picked up a 12-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday, but will it eventually prove to be a Pyrrhic victory? Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa left the game with left elbow soreness.

After holding the D'Backs off the board for the first two innings, De La Rosa put two men on through a double and a walk. Then in the middle of a Chris Young at-bat, De La Rosa felt something and catcher Chris Iannetta called for the coaching staff to come out to the field. After a lengthy wait, the Rockies announced De La Rosa's elbow issues and said he would continue to be evaluated.

So the Rockies turned to Greg Reynolds, recalled after Felipe Paulino was designated for assignment over the weekend. Reynolds then allowed both base runners to score on a ground out, which was immediately followed by an RBI single for a 3-0 Arizona lead. But Reynolds did a bang up job after that by completing 3.2 innings and not allowing any other runs. He walked one and struck out two. His status for Saturday is not yet known, but he threw just 48 pitches.

After the third inning, the Rockies offense clicked and put runs on the board for the next four innings. Among the highlights: Carlos Gonzalez hit two home runs (8), a solo in the fourth and two-run in the seventh, and Seth Smith hit his fifth of the season in the fourth as well (and added an RBI double in the fifth inning). Troy Tulowitzki drew a bases loaded walk in the fifth inning and drove in a run on a single in the sixth. Dexter Fowler dropped a two-run triple off Aaron Heilman in the seventh.

The Rockies (24-22, 12-10 home) begin the second game of the doubleheader at 6:40 p.m. MT. Jhoulys Chacin and Joe Saunders pitch.

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Jorge De La Rosa Leaves Game With Elbow Soreness

With runners on second and third base and one out completed in the third inning, Colorado Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa left the game with an injury. De La Rosa's injury condition is not yet known. De La Rosa had a blister injury earlier in the season, but the medical staff was able to deal with it effectively. There is some speculation that it could be his elbow, but no one is sure yet.

UPDATE: The Rockies announced he is out with left elbow soreness.

Greg Reynolds had to warm up quickly to fill in for the injured De La Rosa. Reynolds was recalled over the weekend after the Rockies designated for assignment reliever Felipe Paulino. The Rockies needed an extra starter with the doubleheader, and Reynolds was expected to fill in on Saturday. However, he was also expected to be available for long relief.

As things turned out, Reynolds had to make that emergency appearance, but this could lead to more roster shuffling later on.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Rain Delay Until 1:30 P.M. MT

Rain has caused the first game of today's doubleheader to be pushed back by 20 minutes to 1:30 p.m. MT. The Rockies will have Jorge De La Rosa on the mound, as originally reported. However, the Diamondbacks are switching their starters. Josh Collmenter starts the first game while Joe Saunders takes the second game.

Josh Collmenter will make his third start of the season, having pitch in seven games as a reliever before making his first two starts of the season. He joined the team in the middle of April and has one quite well so far. The two earned runs he allowed came in a three-inning relief appearance against the Mets on April 24. He threw two scoreless innings against the Rockies on May 4. In his two starts, he has pitched a total of 12 innings and allowed just four hits. Though he has struck out just four in his starts, Collmenter has not issued a walk yet. One thing to keep an eye on is how he gets his out. Not a strikeout guy, Collmenter has picked up 24 fly ball outs and 12 ground ball outs in two starts. He'll need to flip his numbers while at Coors.

Here is the Rockies' lineup;

Herrera 2B
Fowler CF
Gonzalez LF
Tulowitzki SS
Helton 1B
Smith RF
Lopez 3B
Iannetta C
DeLaRosa P

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Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Colorado Opens Series With Doubleheader

The last time they played the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Colorado Rockies held a four-game lead in the NL West and Franklin Morales and Felipe Paulino were both still on the roster. Just a few weeks later, the Rockies are 3.5 games behind in the division and neither reliever is with the team any longer.

Paulino, released a day after he allowed a game-winning home run to Prince Fielder, gave up the game-winning home run to the D'Backs' Justin Upton in a May 3 4-3 loss. Though the Rockies won the second game of that series, the third game wasn't as kind. Huston Street allowed two home runs in the bottom of the ninth to blow the save and then in the 11th inning, Matt Belisle replaced Morales (who induced a ground out before leaving) and allowed a double and an RBI single to lose, 3-2.

The series kicks off with a doubleheader to make up for April 3's postponement. The Rockies enter on a three-game skid and a 23-22 record. The Snakes enter somewhat surprisingly on a six-game win streak and a 23-23 record.

Joe Saunders starts the first game for the Diamondbacks. He's 0-5 on the season, hurt by a low-40s ground ball percentage rate (just two starts with fly ball outs under 10) and seven home runs allowed. He has a 5.02 ERA over 52.0 innings, but also 26 walks and 26 strikeouts as well. The Diamondbacks have been able to count on him to go for six innings usually. He is coming off one of his better starts, allowing one run over six innings to the Braves on May 18.

Jorge De La Rosa pitched masterfully against the Phillies on May 18 when he pitched an eight-inning complete game loss. The Phillies won that game, 2-1, through some questionable defensive plays by the Rockies to set up those runs. In the fifth inning, a single, a hit by pitch and a passed ball allowed Wilson Valdez to put a ball into left field for the first run of the game. In the eighth inning, a single and a sacrifice put a runner in scoring position. Then De La Rosa followed with another wild pitch, but Chris Iannetta probably should have played it better. But he didn't, and the Rockies were unable to put a second run on the board.

Series Schedule:

Tuesday, May 24
Game 1: Joe Saunders vs. Jorge De La Rosa, 1:10 p.m. MT, ROOT
Game 2: Josh Collmenter vs. Jhoulys Chacin, 6:40 p.m. MT, ROOT

Wednesday, May 25
Ian Kennedy vs. Jason Hammel, 6:40 p.m. MT, ROOT

Thursday, May 26
Micah Owings vs. Clayton Mortensen, 6:40 p.m. MT, ROOT

 

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