The Colorado Rockies couldn’t figure out Arizona Diamondbacks lefty Wade Miley Sunday afternoon, dropping game number three in the series, 5-3. Miley was special on the afternoon, including when the Rockies reached base. He would get Colorado to ground into five double-plays, two of which from second baseman DJ LeMahieu to kill the rallies. Jumping ahead to the action in the top of the third, A.J. Pollock and Aaron Hill would get back-to-back singles off of lefty Brett Anderson to get into scoring position. Paul Goldschmidt was up next and hit it down the left-field line where it went just under the glove of Nolan Arenado who would get credit for the error, scoring Pollock and Hill to put the D’Backs up 2-0.
Brett Anderson would bounce back after intentionally walking Mark Trumbo to get catcher Miguel Montero to ground into an inning ending double-play. In the top of the fourth after a lead-off double from Chris Owings, pitcher Wade Miley would help out his own cause with an RBI single to right-field to push Arizona’s lead to 3-0. Fast-forwarding to the top of the fifth, Brett Anderson made a pitch he would want back. He would give up a towering two-run home run to Mark Trumbo to extend the D’Backs lead to 5-0, two of those runs unearned.
Anderson wouldn’t pitch that bad as the score would indicate, just a couple of bad breaks plus the error on Arenado. He would throw six innings, giving up ten hits, five runs, three earned, three walks while striking out one. The bullpen was solid for the second-straight day as Wilton Lopez and Matt Belisle combined for three scoring innings, giving up just three hits.
The Rockies would try to get the sticks going in the bottom part of the fifth inning as Wilin Rosario led off the inning with a double. After a Nolan Arenado walk, Drew Stubbs would record his first RBI in a Rockies uniform on a sacrifice fly to right, bringing the lead to within four. DJ LeMahieu however would ground into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. The Rockies would scratch another run in the bottom of the seventh, as Nolan Arenado hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Troy Tulowitzki as Arizona led 5-2 at the time.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth, D’Backs closer Addison Reed would have to face the bulk of Colorado’s line-up, consisting of Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, and Wilin Rosario. CarGo would lead off the inning with a single, followed by a stolen base where he advanced to third on the throw. Tulo would put together a quality at-bat, walking on a full-count to put runners on the corners for Rosario. Rosario would however ground into a 5-4-3 double-play to kill off the rally as CarGo scored. Arizona would take the final game of the series, 5-3.
The Colorado Rockies (3-4) are back in action tomorrow night as they kick-off interleague play against the Chicago White Sox at home. The probable starting pitchers are slated as Chicago’s Felipe Paulino going against Colorado’s Jordan Lyles.