MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Arizona5 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 9110
Colorado1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3130
  W: K. Ginkel (1-0)   L: J. Hoffman (1-4)
5:40 PM PT6:40 PM MT7:40 PM CT8:40 PM ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 PM MST7:40 PM EST8:10 PM VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT, August 13, 2019
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 31,815

D-backs aim to extend recent hold over Rockies

According to STATS
According to STATS

Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies

  1. Arizona begins a three-game set at Coors Field, where it is 2-5 this year, including a four-game sweep from May 27-30. The Diamondbacks are 5-8 overall against the Rockies this year despite holding the series edge in runs (71 to 70), ERA (4.85 to 5.19) and OPS (.840 to .771). In the seventh inning or later, Colorado owns the scoring edge 32-14.
  2. The Rockies are hitting .420 in 69 at-bats with the bases loaded, on pace to be the highest such batting average in MLB since 1974. The last team to hit .400 or better with the bases loaded was the 2007 Tigers, who hit .406 in 138 at-bats.
  3. The D-backs' bullpen has blown three saves in six opportunities this season against the Rockies. Since 2014, they've converted 51.3 percent (20 of 39) of their save opportunities against the Rockies, their worst mark against any team in the division.
  4. David Dahl enters the series on a 10-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the National League and tied for the longest active run in the majors (Tim Anderson, White Sox; J.D. Martinez, Red Sox). He is slashing .317/.364/.610 over his last 10 games with seven of his 13 hits going for extra bases.
  5. Eduardo Escobar is tied with Atlanta's Freddie Freeman for first in the NL with 51 RBI on the road this season. Escobar has a slash line of .367/.400/.700 with 16 RBI in 14 career games at Coors Field.
  6. Nolan Arenado has played a role in turning 30 double plays on defense this season, most among major league third basemen. Arenado has led NL third basemen in defensive double plays in each of the previous four seasons.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/12/2019 thru 8/14/2019

When the Colorado Rockies were competing for playoff positioning earlier in the season, one of the reasons they were in the hunt was their dominance over Arizona.

Colorado won eight straight over the Diamondbacks from May 5 to June 20 and was 40-34 overall at the end of that stretch, the high-water mark of its season. Now the Rockies are trying to get back to .500 after a 13-32 stretch that included a three-game sweep by Arizona in early July.

The Diamondbacks continued their winning ways against Colorado in the opener of a three-game series on Monday in Denver. Arizona trailed 4-0 in the first inning but used a big sixth inning to rally for an 8-6 win.

The Rockies have lost six of their past seven. Colorado fell 9 1/2 games back in the NL wild-card race while the Diamondbacks moved within 2 1/2 of the idle St. Louis Cardinals for the league's last playoff spot.

Jon Gray (10-8, 4.06 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rockies on Tuesday, trying to bounce back from a tough outing at San Diego on Thursday. The right-hander allowed seven runs but only three earned in 5 2/3 innings during an 8-3 loss.

Gray is slated to make his 11th career start against Arizona and his sixth at Coors Field. He is 3-4 with a 4.77 ERA overall against the Diamondbacks, including a 1-1 record in two starts this season.

Gray has become one of the more reliable starters for a rotation that has struggled this season, but the blame for the six-week swoon hits all areas. When the team has gotten good starts, the offense has gone quiet or the bullpen has been unable to hold leads.

"I think our team is better than what our record indicates, but I don't think we're as good as some of these really good teams," Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado said before Monday's game. "As a group, we haven't really put it together. I always felt like we were going to. Obviously, we haven't. That's a sign it wasn't meant to be, I guess. There are still a lot of games left."

The Diamondbacks are still in contention for the postseason despite trading ace Zack Greinke two weeks ago, but they haven't had outfielder David Peralta in the starting lineup for the past two games after he developed neck pain Saturday night in a road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He did pinch-hit in the sixth inning on Monday night, grounding out to second base.

"David is nursing a stiff neck," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said before Monday's game. "Just through that right now. He did it on the last at-bat against Kenley (Jensen) on Saturday night."

The Diamondbacks will send rookie right-hander Zac Gallen (2-3, 2.40 ERA) to the mound Tuesday. Gallen, acquired from Miami on July 31, won his Arizona debut Wednesday with five shutout innings during a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

He is making his first career start and appearance against Colorado.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 13, 2019

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