Worst kind of walk-off
Colorado loses 10th game in last 11 as woeful road trip ends
PHOENIX» The Rockies came to the desert looking to end their drought at the plate and in the win column.
A little solid relief from the bullpen would have been nice, too. Nothing doing.
Arizona beat them 4-3 on Sunday at Chase Field on a walk-off single by Ketel Marte off Chris Rusin.
But don’t blame Rusin. It was struggling right-hander Adam Ottavino who served up a one-out single to Brandon Drury and a double to former Rockie Chris Iannetta to set up the Diamondbacks’ victory
It was the first walk-off hit of Marte’s career and piled more misery on the Rockies. Arizona’s win clinched the three-game series and sent Colorado reeling to its 10th loss in its last 11 games.
“The process was good today,” said Ottavino, who fell to 1-3 with a 5.28 ERA. “I thought I threw the ball better today than I have in months, probably. But I still got beat, so it didn’t make me feel good either way.”
Road warriors early in the season when they ruled the National League West and were playing crisp baseball, the Rockies went 1-8 on their ugly road journey through Los Angeles, San Francisco and Arizona. The Rockies batted just .211 and scored a not-so-grand total of 26 runs on the trip.
“We have talent. That’s not the problem,” said Nolan Arenado, who was selected to his third consecutive All-Star Game on Sunday. “We just have to take care of business, and we are not doing that.
“We are not playing good baseball yet. It’s obvious to the guys in here. Everybody knows it. We haven’t hit our stride yet as players. I still know I can play better than I am. I know CarGo (Carlos Gonzalez) can, Trevor (Story) can. I know all of us can. Now it’s a matter of going out and doing it.”
Colorado rallied to tie the game 3-3 in the
ninth on Charlie Blackmon’s single to drive in pinch-runner Tyler Chatwood, who was running for catcher Ryan Hanigan, who began the rally with a single. But the lead didn’t hold up as the Rockies fell to 11-4 in one-run games.
Adding pain to its mounting misery, Colorado lost starting left fielder Ian Desmond to a calf injury.
Colorado got a solid, though not lengthy, start from rookie righthander German Marquez. The Diamondbacks tagged him for three runs on five hits in 5M innings. Marquez struck out six and walked three.
“I thought I had good command of my fastball and my breaking ball,” Marquez said.
Added manager Bud Black: “I thought he pitched great. If he keeps pitching like that going forward, he’ll be in good shape.”
A rare throwing error by Arenado opened the door for the Dbacks’ go-ahead run in the sixth. With two outs, Jake Lamb hit a roller to Arenado on the grass near third base, where he barehanded the ball but threw off target to first baseman Mark Reynolds. Lamb was credited with a hit, but was awarded second base on Arenado’s error. After Marquez walked Chris Owings, Drury hit a double to score Lamb and give Arizona a 3-2 lead.
Arizona right-hander Taijuan Walker limited the Rockies to two runs on six hits over seven innings. He whiffed eight and walked only one batter.
Colorado took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, combining a walk by Desmond, an error by Drury at second and a broken-bat, RBI single up the middle by Story.
The lead didn’t last long. Marquez opened the bottom of the fourth by plunking Paul Goldschmidt, setting the table for Owings’ two-run homer that barely cleared the left-field wall.
The Rockies tied the game 2-2 in the fifth on consecutive singles by Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and Arenado, who drove in his 62nd run of the season. A golden chance for a big inning fizzled when Reynolds grounded into a double play.
Desmond, who signed a fiveyear, $70 million contract with the Rockies in the offseason, injured his calf while catching a line drive off the bat of Drury in the fourth inning. The Rockies initially called the injury a calf cramp.
Asked about the injury after the game, Desmond said, “I don’t want to talk to the media.”
Rockies utility man Pat Valaika, who played left field Sunday, walks off Chase Field as the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate winning 4-3 on a ninth-inning single by Ketel Marte, top right.
Trevor Story of the Rockies falls to the ground as he strikes out during the second inning Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Taijuan Walker.