Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Robbie Ray and catcher Chris Iannetta react to the loss.
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Chris Owings talks about the first multi-homer game of his career, and how he’s feeling at the plate after homering three times in the past four games.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker says his fastball was working well for him on Thursday night.
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Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller says he has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and that Tommy John surgery is an option, April 27, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney on Wednesday’s blown save against San Diego.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to the Padres’ comeback win.
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Wednesday night’s game against the Padres drew the smallest crowd in Diamondbacks history.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to Tuesday’s win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and shortstop Chris Owings react to Monday’s home win over the Padres. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller did not provide many details on his elbow injury on Monday, but he is planning to receive a second opinion on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about arm injury suffered during the 6-2 loss to the Dodgers, April 23, 2017. (Scott Bordow/azcentral sports)
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David Peralta talks about the Diamondbacks’ offense and his record-setting four doubles Saturday.
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray talks after his team’s 11-5 victory over the Dodgers.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker, shortstop Chris Owings and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to the 13-5 win.
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First baseman Paul Goldschmidt says the Diamondbacks couldn’t string together enough hits against the Padres on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 4-1 loss to the Padres and their 4-6 road trip through San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
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Diamondbacks fall 3-1 to Rockies
Chris Owings on his two-homer night
D-Backs’ Taijuan Walker on his 11-strikeout performance vs. Padres
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller considering Tommy John surgery
Fernando Rodney reacts to his blown save against the Padres
Torey Lovullo reacts to Diamondbacks’ ‘heartbreaking’ loss
Diamondbacks attendance hits new low
Diamondbacks pull away from Padres for 9-3 win
Diamondbacks hold on for win over Padres
Shelby Miller on his injury, visit with team doctor
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller discusses arm injury
David Peralta on his record-setting night
Robbie Ray reacts to Saturday’s win over the Dodgers
Diamondbacks use 9-run eighth to overwhelm Dodgers
Paul Goldschmidt on D-Backs’ offense vs. Padres
Manager Torey Lovullo breaks down D-Backs’ loss, road trip
Through their first month of games at Chase Field this season, the Diamondbacks have possessed a sort of instant-gratification offense. If one hitter hasn’t delivered a big hit, it’s been a safe bet the next one would.
But, for a night at least, the hits dried up, making their 3-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday jarring for its lack of, well, substance. A lineup that had somehow sustained the unsustainable grounded to a halt, and the Diamondbacks were left to dissect what few opportunities they had.
BOX SCORE: Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 1
Paul Goldschmidt broke his bat on a weak pop out with runners on second and third in the fifth inning, and Yasmany Tomas followed with a routine ground out, and thus constituted the Diamondbacks’ best scoring opportunity against Rockies rookie Kyle Freeland, who gave up just one run in six innings.
Goldschmidt made mention of that situation when talking to reporters postgame. What he didn’t mention was the at-bat in the third inning, when he smoked a two-out single through the box to drive home the Diamondbacks’ only run of the game.
“I know we had some chances to score runs with the right guys up there,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “But sometimes they make it look so easy that when they don’t get it done, you realize how hard it is.”
The Diamondbacks entered Friday with a .330 average with runners in scoring position. They were averaging more than seven runs a game at home. They had six hitters in the lineup sporting averages north of .300.
But on a night when lefty Robbie Ray worked into the seventh inning, they fell short against a Rockies team that reclaimed first place in the National League West, moving a half-game up on the Diamondbacks.
Freeland was a big part of that. For the fourth time in five starts to begin his career, he held the opposition to one run or less, using a mix of four-seam and two-seam fastballs, sliders and change-ups, pitches he fired from a low three-quarters arm slot.
“It was really late movement,” Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta said. “He was mixing it up (with sinkers and four-seamers). You’d see a pitch start over the middle of the plate and at times it would move down and away, other times it would just ride.”
Goldschmidt got a fastball over the plate in the third inning and ripped it through the box, missing a ducking Freeland by inches to drive home A.J. Pollock. But, two innings later, Freeland got two strikes on Goldschmidt and pounded him in with a fastball. Goldschmidt tried to turn on it but got jammed.
“The pitch before was a change-up down and away and then you go up and in with a fastball,” Goldschmidt said. “He’s throwing backdoor sliders, too, and sinkers down and away. You’re not going to be able to cover everything. I almost got there on that pitch, but that’s just a good pitch.”
Ray threw well, mostly limiting the Rockies’ potent offense. But the Rockies chipped away at him. After a Nolan Arenado double in the first, Carlos Gonzalez grounded a single through the middle to make it 1-0. Two innings later, Trevor Story launched his sixth career homer in his seventh career game at Chase Field to make it 2-0.
And with two out in the seventh, Charlie Blackmon served a two-out single into left to score the Rockies’ third run.
“That’s one of those nights where we unfortunately didn’t execute, but that’s the beauty of baseball,” Lovullo said. “It’s not magic. You can’t do it every time. It’s one of those situations where we have to tell them to get after it tomorrow.”
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Rockies at Diamondbacks
When: 5:10 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (2-2, 2.93) vs. Rockies LHP Tyler Anderson (1-3, 7.11).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Greinke is coming off back-to-back starts against the San Diego Padres, in which he gave up a combined two runs in 14 innings with one walk and 17 strikeouts. … Greinke has a career 4.09 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) against the Rockies, including a 6.48 ERA in three starts against them last season. … OF Carlos Gonzalez has hit him well in their careers, going 13 for 34 (.382) with four homers. … Anderson was impressive as a rookie last season, posting a 3.54 ERA in 19 starts for the Rockies, but he has struggled through five starts this season, giving up six homers in 25 1/3 innings and a league-leading 20 earned runs. … Opponents are hitting .407 off him with runners in scoring position and just .246 with the bases empty. … Anderson faced the Diamondbacks at Chase Field last June, giving up two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Sunday: At Chase Field, 1:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (2-3, 3.10) vs. Rockies RHP German Marquez (0-1, 18.00).
Tuesday: At Washington, 4:05 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (3-1, 3.94) vs. Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (3-0, 3.64).
Wednesday: At Washington, 4:05 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-0, 3.42)* vs. Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-0, 1.62).
* — Stats entering Friday.