Rockies’ road woes continue in 7-2 drubbing at hands of Diamondbacks

You know that rockslide in Boulder Canyon on Tuesday night? The one with five truck-sized boulders?

That’s nothing compared to the road slide the Rockies are on now.

They lost 7-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night at Chase Field, falling to 1-10 away from home this season. Colorado’s overall record of 9-17 is the second-worst 26-game start in franchise history, behind only the 6-20 mark by the 2005 team.

Arizona, 14-12, has won nine of its last 11 games.

Friday’s game followed a familiar script for the Rockies, but there were a few plot twists.

For one thing, the Rockies committed four errors, two by shortstop Trevor Story. Only one error really cost them, and manager Bud Black explained that the errors by Story were the result of the shortstop trying to pull off tough plays. Still, the errors illustrated that the Rockies are not playing sharp baseball. It was the first time they were charged with four errors since Sept. 26 of last year, also at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks.

The other twist? Starter Jon Gray gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits but still managed to stick around for six innings. And he threw just 83 pitches. That doesn’t quite compute — until you consider what the D-Backs did to Gray in their four-run fifth inning.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit an RBI double on a 3-1 pitch, but then David Peralta, Carson Kelly and Eduardo Escobar singled in succession, all of them ripping the first pitch they saw from Gray.

“That one inning was really strange,” Gray said. “Those three batters swung at the first pitch and those three were definitely my fault. The pitches to those three batters could have been a little bit more out of the middle, but those were the only really solid hits they had all night.

“Other than that it was great. We got a lot of groundballs tonight (nine), and although it wasn’t as many strikeouts as I wanted (three), I still felt like we were making them swing out of the zone and put in on the ground.”

As they did Thursday night in a series-opening 5-3 loss, the Rockies scored first, with Story rocking a double off left-hander Madison Bumgarner and scoring on C.J. Cron’s single. But then “MadBum” settled in for the next four innings. He allowed just that single run on four hits, while striking out six and walking only one.

Bumgarner departed the game after five innings despite throwing only 81 pitches. There was no word during the game as to why he was removed.

In their 11 road games this season, the Rockies have been outscored 65-26. With runners in scoring position, they are batting .209.

Curiously, the Rockies are pitching much better at hitter-friendly Coors Field than they are on the road. At home, Colorado has a 3.87 team ERA, and a 3.12 ERA by its starters.

It’s a different story on road. The Rockies’ overall road ERA is 6.20, including a 6.88 ERA by their starters.

The Rockies added a run in the seventh on a single by Josh Fuentes, who hustled to second on Elias Diaz’s deep flyout to center and then scored on Raimel Tapia’s RBI single. The lead was down to 5-2.

But any hopes of a late-game rally were snuffed out when Arizona’s Josh Rojas blasted a two-run homer off reliever Jordan Sheffield in the eighth.

On Deck
Rockies LHP Austin Gomber (1-3, 6.65 ERA) at Diamondbacks RHP Zac Gallen (1-0, 2.16)
6:10 p.m. Saturday, Chase Field
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM

Gomber is looking to rebound from a poor performance at San Francisco. The lefty allowed a career-high nine runs on seven hits with four walks (two intentional), while fanning three in Colorado’s 12-0 loss. His 1 2/3 innings were the shortest start of his career. He’s 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in three road starts. Gallen flirted with a no-hitter but settled for a complete game in the D-backs’ 5-0 win over Atlanta in the first game of a seven-inning doubleheader last Sunday. Freddie Freeman, the 2020 National League MVP, singled to right-center with one out in the sixth inning to spoil the no-no. Gallen struck out six and walked two. In four career outings vs. Colorado, Gallen has three quality starts, with a 1-0 record and 1.96 ERA.

Trending: Entering Friday’s play, Ryan McMahon’s eight home runs were tied with Ronald Acuña Jr., Byron Buxton and Rhys Hoskins for the most in the majors.

At issue: Catcher Dom Nunez is off to a tough start on the road. Entering Friday, he was 0-for-6 with four strikeouts on the current road trip. He was hitting .067 (1-for-15) away from Coors Field.

Pitching Probables
Sunday: Rockies RHP Chi Chi González (1-0, 3.60) at Diamondbacks RHP Merrill Kelly (2-2, 6.33), 2:10 p.m., ATTRM
Monday: Giants RHP Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 2.2) at Rockies RHP German Marquez (1-2, 4.43), 6:40 p.m., ATTRM
Tuesday: Giants RHP Alex Wood (3-0, 1.50) at Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (1-3, 5.76), 6:40 p.m., ATTRM

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