Rockies Vs. Diamondbacks: Arizona Knocks Around Ubaldo Jimenez In Colorado's 7-0 Loss

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Rockies Vs. Diamondbacks: Ubaldo Jimenez Roughed Up In 7-0 Loss

The good times didn't continue to roll for Ubaldo Jimenez as he was shelled in the Colorado Rockies' 7-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Things went well for the first two innings when Jimenez (6-9, 4.20 ERA) allowed just a walk and a single. But in the third inning, with two outs, Jimenez gave up back-to-back singles and then saw Justin Upton double both of them across home plate.

It didn't get any better for Jimenez after that. Pitcher Micah Owings drove in a run in the fourth inning Jimenez finished the fifth inning, but Justin Upton hit an RBI triple off of him and Sean Burroughs grounded out for an RBI. Matt Belisle relieved Jimenez and allowed two runs in the seventh. Jimenez did strike out eight, but he still couldn't find his pitches when he needed them most.

Ty Wigginton had two of the team's five hits, including a double. The team hit into three double plays. Owings (4-0, 2.36 ERA) allowed just two hits in five innings and Zach Duke allowed the other three over the final four innings of the game.

The Rockies (48-54, 22-28 away) head to Los Angeles for a three-game series with the Dodgers.

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Rockies Vs. Diamondbacks: Ubaldo Jimenez Looks For 4th Straight Victory

The Colorado Rockies enter Sunday's finale with the Arizona Diamondbacks on the heels of a disappointing 12-3 loss. Jason Hammel allowed eight runs and then saw Eric Stults allow a grand slam to Justin Upton. It will be up to Ubaldo Jimenez to put the Rockies back on track in Sunday's finale.

Jimenez (6-8, 4.00 ERA), subject of trade rumors, is on a three-game winning streak and pitching just as many expected him to do at the start of the season. Since his July 4 start against the Braves when he allowed three runs in 5.1 innings and was not economical with his pitches, Jimenez has allowed five runs over 20.2 innings in three starts. He has struck out 21 during that time.

Micah Owings replaces Barry Enright for the Sunday start. Owings has mostly pitched in relief for the D'Backs this season and will make his first start since May 26 when he faced the Rockies. In that game, Owings picked up the win after allowing one run in five innings. It wouldn't be surprising if he also did some damage with his bat, once a notable hitter in high school and college.

First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Diamondbacks: Justin Upton Grand Slam Caps 12-3 Arizona Victory

One night after a late-game rally, the Colorado Rockies were back at being maddeningly inconsistent. The Arizona Diamondbacks pounded the Rockies in a 12-3 victory on Saturday evening.

Jason Hammel (5-10, 4.75 ERA) started off poorly by allowing four runs to the first five batters of the game. He wound up allowing the first six to reach base before Brandon Allen struck out. Justin Upton and Miguel Montero each hit a two-run double. D'Backs starter Josh Collmenter singled in a fifth run before the inning was over.

Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer in the following inning, but after that Hammel settled down through five innings. He left in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and saw Eric Stults walk in a run, his eighth and final one of the game. But that wasn't the worst Stults did. Stults loaded the bases in the seventh on a ground-rule double, an intentional walk and a hit-by-pitch--all with two outs. So, naturally, Justin Upton hit a grand slam to make it 12-3.

Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo home run (19) in the second inning and Ty Wigginton added a two-run single in the fourth inning. Collmenter (6-5, 2.74 ERA) allowed those three runs over seven innings while his bullpen kept the Rockies down for the final two innings.

The Rockies (48-53, 22-27 away) finish this series on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. MT. Micah Owings and Ubaldo Jimenez take the mound.

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Rockies Vs. Diamondbacks: Jason Hammel, Josh Collmenter Ready For Saturday Duel

The Colorado Rockies kicked off their road trip with an 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. It required some late-inning hitting, a sorely missing aspect of this team's game. Saturday will provide another test of stability for the Rockies.

Jason Hammel (5-9, 4.36 ERA) will look to pick things up after allowing six runs over five innings against the Braves on Monday. He had a nice start (6.1 innings, 2 R) against the Nationals to close out the first half, but he had been taken to task by the Royals just before then, allowing six runs in 3.2 innings. In Arizona on May 5, Hammel shutout the Diamondbacks for seven innings and held them to just four hits.

Josh Collmenter (5-5, 2.65 ERA), we all recall, is known for his unique delivery of going over the top (video). Collmenter went through a rough mid-to-late June and early July, but his last two starts, both against the Brewers, were outstanding. He 14 innings of shutout ball over both starts, kept them to just six hits and struck out 10. He's made two appearances, including one start, against the Rockies in his rookie season. The first was a two-inning relief appearance on May 4. On May 24, Collmenter took his first career loss in the first game of a double-header by allowing five runs in 4.1 innings at Coors Field.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. MT

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Rockies Vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: Colorado Rallies Late For 8-4 Victory

The Colorado Rockies started off their road trip with the Arizona Diamondbacks by rallying in the later innings of the game for an 8-4 victory. By the eighth inning, the Rockies had taken a 5-4 lead and saw Eric Young Jr. draw a two-out walk. Dexter Fowler followed with an RBI triple and then scored on a Mark Ellis single to cushion the team's lead.

Early on, it looked like Aaron Cook (1-5, 5.84 ERA) was in for a tough night when he allowed a Geoff Blum two-run home run and a Willie Bloomquist RBI triple to center to put the Rockies down, 3-0. But he settled in and didn't allow another run until the sixth inning when Gerardo Parra singled in Miguel Montero. While four runs in six innings certainly isn't that great, Cook was still able to keep the Rockies in the game.

His offense also had to do something with that. Todd Helton hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the third inning. Troy Tulowitzki immediately doubled after that to drive in a second run. He could have done more damage had Fowler not been tagged out at third when he tried to advance on the Helton sacrifice fly. Cook helped his own cause by driving in a run during the fourth inning, tying the game at three.

After the Diamondbacks retook the lead in the sixth, the Rockies loaded the bases in the seventh with a Dexter Fowler double and hit-by-pitches to Mark Ellis and Todd Helton. Tulowitzki hit into an RBI ground out and Seth Smith hit a sac fly to tie and take the 5-4 lead, respectively. Daniel Hudson (10-6, 3.72 ERA) allowed those five runs and left with one out recorded in the seventh inning.

The Rockies (48-52, 22-26 away) continue this series Saturday evening at 6:10 p.m. MT. Jason Hammel and Josh Collmenter are scheduled to pitch.

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Carlos Gonzalez Injury: Sore Wrist Sends Outfielder To Disabled List

After leaving Thursday's game with strained ligaments in his right wrist, Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list so he can fully recover from the injury. He originally injured the wrist when he crashed into the center field wall in a July 3 game against the Kansas City Royals. He had a deep bruise bone then, sat out a few games, came back, but didn't play over the weekend before the All-Star Break.

Gonzales has overcome a rough start to become one of the key parts of this offense again, but it is better to have a healthy Gonzalez in a few weeks than an injured one who could do further harm in a season that is slowly slipping away.

In Gonzalez's place, Eric Young Jr. has been recalled for the second time this season. He was called up near the end of May and stayed with the team through all of June. However, He went 11-for-48 (.229 BA) in a mostly bench role. While he is serving as an extra outfielder with Gonzalez out, this could be a showcase for other teams to acquire the speedy player. He can also play second base.

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Rockies Vs. Diamondbacks: Colorado Heads To Arizona, But Carlos Gonzalez's Status Still Up In The Air

The Colorado Rockies are in Arizona for a three-game set with the Diamondbacks and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez's status is still murky. An MRI revealed that he has sore ligaments in his right wrist, which caused him to leave during an at-bat in the fifth inning on Thursday afternoon. He traveled with the team to Phoenix, but a trip to the disabled list still could happen.

But sitting Gonzalez for however long it takes him to recover may be the best course. The Rockies are 47-52 and 10 games behind the San Francisco Giants for the NL West lead. The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, are a bit closer with just a four-game gap ahead of them. The D'backs have taken six of the nine games against the Rockies this year, including the last three.

Back in May, the two teams played a four-game set to make up for the canceled game at the start of the season. On the Tuesday the teams played a double-header, the Rockies lost Jorge De La Rosa to a torn UCL. Though they prevailed in that game, the Rockies lost the next three games.

On Friday, the Rockies have Aaron Cook on the mound, and he's just trying to stay in the rotation. Injury did set back his season, but clearly Cook is not the pitcher he was a few years ago. After a July 6 start against the Braves saw him allow seven runs in five innings, Cook started the second half by lasting just 4.2 innings. He gave up three runs and the Rockies lost, 4-3. He has a 6.89 ERA and a 1.889 WHIP in 11 appearances (10 starts) at Chase Field.

The D'Backs put Daniel Hudson to work. He started the D'Backs second game of the season and took the loss to the Rockies by allowing three runs in the 3-1 loss. He's worked his way to a 3.56 ERA and 10 wins. He is coming off of a complete game against the Dodgers, allowing one run. He also went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and three total RBI in the game.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. MT.

For more on the Rockies, visit Purple Row. Check out AZ Snakepit and SB Nation Arizona for news and notes on the Diamondbacks.

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