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D-backs can't deliver knockout punch vs. Rox

April 29, 2017

PHOENIX -- The D-backs aren't going to win at home every time -- though they haven't lost at Chase Field very often this season -- but one thing you can usually take to the bank is the fact that they're going to score a lot of runs here.On Friday night,

PHOENIX -- The D-backs aren't going to win at home every time -- though they haven't lost at Chase Field very often this season -- but one thing you can usually take to the bank is the fact that they're going to score a lot of runs here.
On Friday night, though, the Rockies found a way to keep the D-backs' bats relatively quiet as they won, 3-1, to leapfrog into first place in the National League West.
"Offensively, we couldn't piece things together. We couldn't string a bunch of hits together, which we've typically done," manager Torey Lovullo said.
Rockies starter Kyle Freeland got himself in some jams, but the D-backs were not able to make him pay.
"I know we had some chances to score runs with the right guys up there," Lovullo said. "But sometimes they make it look so easy, that when they don't get it done, you forget how hard it is. It was one of those nights where we unfortunately didn't execute, but that's the beauty of baseball. It's not magic; you can't do it every time, and this is one of those situations where we just have to get after it tomorrow."
The D-backs scored their lone run in the third, when Paul Goldschmidt's single up the middle drove home A.J. Pollock, but they stranded two in the frame when Yasmany Tomas followed with a fly ball to center that Charlie Blackmon caught on the warning track.

In the fifth, with runners on second and third, Freeland got Goldschmidt to pop out and Tomas to ground out to end the threat.
"The one that comes to mind is my at-bat where we had second and third and I wasn't able to get the job done," Goldschmidt said. "He made a good pitch there with two strikes and broke my bat."
Freeland did a good job sequencing his pitches in the battle with Goldschmidt. The pitch that broke the bat was a fastball up and on the inside corner of the plate.
"It was a good pitch," Goldschmidt said. "It was probably a strike, and with two strikes you're just battling. The pitch before was a changeup down and away, and then you go up and in with a fastball, and he's throwing backdoor sliders, too, and he's throwing 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."
The D-backs left seven men on base and went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
"When you thought you had [Freeland] on the ropes, he made pitches and got out of jams," Lovullo said.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.