D-backs bullpen blinks in opener against Rockies
Harris knocked around in seventh after McCarthy works six innings
PHOENIX -- Friday was simply not the D-backs' night.
You could tell it early on when they squandered numerous scoring opportunities and if that was not enough evidence, then consider later on they gave up a double on a ball that bounced in front of the plate.
That hit by Corey Dickerson touched off a five-run seventh inning for the Rockies as they rolled over the D-backs, 7-5, at Chase Field.
It started out poorly for the D-backs in the first inning when starter Brandon McCarthy retired the first two batters before allowing a ground-ball single through the hole at third, a jam-shot double down the right-field line and then a two-run single that bounced off the glove of a diving Adam Eaton in center.
"Even in the first inning those runs were two balls that weren't hit well at all and just kind of falling in," McCarthy said. "Credit kind of goes to them on that, even on a little two-strike swing the ball bounces and they hit it down the line, they were able to do some things with good pitches today."
Of the 89 pitches McCarthy threw in his six innings, a whopping 72 were for strikes. He might have been better off throwing a few more balls, especially with two strikes, as the Rockies knew he was going to be around the strike zone and they took advantage of it.
"It's one of those situations where you could be a little more wild," McCarthy said.
Though he pitched himself into a couple of bases-loaded jams in the second and fifth innings, McCarthy did not allow another run through six innings.
"Today, I didn't feel sharp at all," McCarthy said. "I didn't feel strong. It was one of those ones that you have to battle through. I've found that over the course of a season these are the ones I've really struggled to get though. I was at least able to stay closer to it where you're not going haywire in any way. That's good, and I think that's a positive sign that, even on a day where I don't feel great, I can kind of push through that and stay through it mechanically and get some decent results."
Meanwhile, the D-backs chipped away at the Colorado lead.
Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood was wild throughout his 4 2/3-inning outing, walking six and allowing seven hits.
Despite all those baserunners, the D-backs managed just single runs in the third and fifth innings.
Eric Chavez's sacrifice fly scored Eaton in the third, and Chavez scored in the fifth on a wild pitch to tie the game at 2.
"We should have had a lot more runs," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
The D-backs were just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and one of those hits -- a first-inning single by Aaron Hill -- did not even score a run. Arizona also stranded 11 runners.
Gibson elected to pinch-hit Tony Campana for McCarthy in the sixth. It seemed like the move might pay dividends when Campana singled, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
The D-backs were not able to get him home, and the game would unravel for them in the seventh.
The Rockies rally started ominously enough when Dickerson doubled to right off a Will Harris (3-1) pitch that bounced before it reached home plate.
"I guess he hung that pitch on the bounce," D-backs catcher Miguel Montero said sarcastically. "He made a lot of good pitches after that, he made a good pitch to LeMahieu and he was able to hit the ball through the third-base hole and that's when the wheels came off. I mean, it was a tough inning."
Yes it was.
In all, the Rockies scored five runs on five hits in the inning against three different Arizona relievers as they went up 7-2.
Wilin Rosario had a two-run double during the inning and Charlie Blackmon had a two-run triple off the wall in right.
The D-backs showed signs of life in the bottom of the ninth as Montero blasted a three-run homer off Manny Corpas to pull the D-backs to within 7-5.
Montero was 3-for-3 with a pair of walks on the night as he continues to work at shortening up his swing.
"Today was one of those days where I think the body didn't feel real good today," he said. "It kind of helped out because once the body is just kind of down and slow-mo, it helps you not to overswing and overdo things. Hopefully, my body feels the same tomorrow."