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.