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Game Of The Week: Arizona Diamondbacks At Colorado Rockies Preview

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The Arizona Diamondbacks (35-40) and Colorado Rockies (34-38) began a four game weekend series at Coors Field on Thursday night and although it’s still early in the season, is an important matchup for the two National League West competitors. With the San Francisco Giants currently leading the NL West six games ahead of the LA Dodgers the Rockies and D-Backs are close behind in third and fourth with just a half a game separating the two.   Both the Diamondbacks and Rockies are  coming off of two game interleague series where the D-Backs split a game a piece with the Toronto Blue Jays the Rockies split the series with the Yankees.

The Series So Far:

In the first game of the series, the D-Backs sent their Ace RHP Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.36) to the mound against the Diamondbacks’ RHP Eddie Butler (2-4, 6.26). Greinke’s infamous struggles at Coors Field continued as he allowed two runs in the bottom of the first with a RBI double by Nolan Arenado and then a RBI single by hard hitting rookie Trevor Story for an early Colorado lead. In the bottom of the second, the Rockies extended their lead with a solo homerun by Mark Reynolds for a 3-0 ballgame. In the top of the third, the D-Backs were able to fight back with back to back two-run homers by Socrates Brito and then Jake Lamb to give Arizona the 4-3 lead. After scoring four unanswered runs, Arizona found even more power at the plate against Butler  in the top of the fourth inning as Yasmany Tomas hit a RBI single to send home Greinke who followed up his hit earlier in the game with a walk to start the inning and make it a 5-3 game. Also during that chain of events, Greinke stole his fifth career stolen base, most among all active pitchers. Paul Goldschmidt then hit a RBI single of his own before the inning was over to send home Tomas and give the D-Backs a 6-3 game.

In the bottom, of the eighth the Rockies were finally able to get more offense going  by scoring three more runs. The first was when Ryan Raburn scored after Nick Hundley grounded out ti second. A RBI single by Charlie Blackmon  then sent Mark Reynolds home and Descalso scored the third run of the inning to tie the game at six.

In the top of the ninth though a two out RBI single by the Diamondbacks’  Nick Ahmed to send home Jake Lamb gave them the 7-6 lead and win.

Greinke pitched five and two-third innings allowing three runs off of seven hits; walking two and striking out four and got a no-decision once the game became tied.  Butler went five innings allowing six runs on eleven hits; walking two and striking out four and also received a no-decision.

The Matchup:

Arizona Diamondbacks

RHP Archie Bradley (4.83, 3-3) will take the start in the second game of the series on Friday night against the Rox. The twenty-three year old like the D-Backs, has had an uneven season so to speak. With a record at .500 he has had strong outings and then outings that were just “ok” and could have been saved by run support if his offense could have backed him up. In his last start on June 19 against the Phillies, he earned the win as he worked six innings of shutout ball with just three hits allowed with two walks and five strikeouts. In his last start against the Rockies, rookie Trevor Story had an offensive explosion against the righty as he went 2 for 3 with two doubles and 3 RBIs.

Colorado Rockies

LHP Tyler Anderson (2.25, 0-1)  will make just his third Major League start on Friday night as he takes the mound against the D-Backs. The twenty-six year old made his Major League debut on June 12, 2016 against the San Diego Padres where he went six and one-third innings allowing one earned run on six hits; striking out six batters and received a no-decision. In his most recent start at Miami, he suffered his first lost after five and two-third innings of work, allowing two earned runs on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts. The 2011 First round pick missed the entire 2015 season due to elbow surgery but there doesn’t seem to be any lasting effects as he starts his career in the big leagues.

Heavy Hitters:

Arizona Diamondbacks

The D-Backs are led by veteran first baseman Paul Goldschmidt who along with fellow infielder Jake Lamb are leading the team tied with fourteen homeruns and 45 RBIs on the season. Jean Segura has been a welcomed additiogn since joining Arizona from the Milwaukee Brewers is currently leading the Diamondbacks with most stolen bases (10) and batting average (.304).

Colorado Rockies

The Rockies are led by some of the youngest talent in baseball with Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado. One of the best third baseman in the game, Arenado is currently tied for the most homeruns in the Majors with 21 and is leading the team with 60 RBIs. As for his shortstop teammate, that’s another “story” to say the least. Twenty-three year old Trevor Story is having a rookie campaign that most players could only dream of, he has hit 18 homers (second best on the team) and 47 RBIs. Another important bat in Colorado’s lineup is outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, although he is just thirty years old, is considered one of the “older” but most importantly reliable members of the squad. He has fifteen homeruns on the season with 38 RBIs. Nick Hundley has also been hot at the plate lately, helping the Rockies to many late inning clutch victories.

Probable Lineups:

Arizona Diamondbacks

Jean Segura SS

Yasmany Tomas RF

Paul Goldschmidt 1B

Jake Lamb 3B

Pete O’Brien LF

Phil Gosselin 2B

Wellington Castillo C

Socrates Brito CF

Archie Bradley P

Colorado Rockies

Charlie Blackmon CF

DJ LeMahieu 2B

Nolan Arenado 3B

Carlos Gonzalez RF

Trevor Story SS

Ryan Raburn LF

Mark Reynolds 1B

Nick Hundley C

Tyler Anderson C

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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