Recap: Diamondbacks 11, Rockies 7

July 4, 2009 | 10:50 pm | 6  

Turning point: The Diamondbacks, who trailed 4-0 after three innings, erupted for six runs in the eighth to take a 9-4 lead. The uprising came against Joel Peralta and included consecutive one-out doubles by Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra, an intentional walk to Chad Tracy, a walk to pinch hitter Felipe Lopez to load the bases after he was in an 0-2 hole. Pinch hitter Chris Young, who was batting .197, followed with a three-run double. Randy Flores relieved Peralta and gave up a two-run homer to Stephen Drew.

At the plate: Clint Barmes homered in the first and doubled home the first run in a three-run third. …Ian Stewart doubled home two runs with two out in the third. …The Rockies scored three runs in the eighth to cut the Diamondbacks lead to 9-7, with the first two runs scoring on pinch hitter Seth Smith‘s two-out, first-pitch single and the final one on Dexter Fowler‘s single. …The Diamondbacks tacked on two runs against Matt Daley in the ninth on Lopez’s bases-loaded single. …Drew went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, his sixth homer and two RBI. …Mark Reynolds led off the fourth with his 23rd homer. …Parra went 4-for-5 with two doubles and scored three runs.

On the mound: Aaron Cook, who had been having trouble keeping the ball down, got three outs on successive grounders to end the fifth. But he left the game in the sixth with the wind knocked out of him after lunging to his left to field Parra’s topper, flopping to the ground and throwing past first base for a three-base error. …Peralta had allowed four runs in 15 2/3 innings in his previous 15 games but retired one of six batters and was charged with five runs. …Flores had given up five hits in 19 at-bats to left-handed hitters before allowing Drew’s homer. …Diamondbacks starter Yusmeiro Petit allowed five hits and four runs in three innings, but six relievers followed _ five were unscored upon _ and combined to allow five hits and three runs in six innings. Closer Chad Qualls earned a four-out save as he got Barmes to line out softly to end the eighth with runners on first and second and retired the side in order in the ninth for his 14th save.

Numbers game .379 career average as a pinch hitter (25-for-66) for Smith, who is 11-for-24 (.458) in that role this season.

6 Comments »

  • Agbayani | July 4, 2009 | 11:16 pm

    This bullpen — other than Street — has been a ticking time bomb. And it just blew up tonight. Corpas is apparently on the mend, at least for now, and his return won’t come a day too soon. They really need bullpen help right now. Relying on Peralta and Daley in high leverage situations just isn’t a recipe for staying in contention.

  • Townie | July 4, 2009 | 11:49 pm

    That’s absolutely correct. It’s essential the starters get into the 7th inning or later. If you need any more than 2 innings from this bullpen in a tight game, you’re playing with fire.

    It’s tough to loss a game when you spot Cook a 4-0 lead. It’s only one loss, but it’s a bad loss to a bad team… and a possible foreshadowing of frustrations to come.

  • Cathy | July 5, 2009 | 1:55 am

    Would love for a reporter to ask Jim Tracy why he didn’t send in Josh Fogg when Cook came out to bridge to the later innings….

  • Dustin | July 5, 2009 | 5:46 am

    it appears tracy doesn’t have confidence in Fogg for some reason or another. he brought in Alan Embree because of the lefty’s in the line up, however I can’t even recall the last time Fogg was used.

  • Dustin | July 5, 2009 | 8:36 am

    Aaron Cook can’t seem to figure out the diamond backs either. I wonder what it is.

  • Al | July 5, 2009 | 11:42 am

    Marquis and Hawpe in! I think Huston Street deserved a spot, but there is a logjam of good closers in the National League. I think this same problem will keep Helton out too.