Ian Desmond hit a home run in the Rockies battle against Zack Greinke of the Arizona Diamonbacks July 22. Photo by Becky Osterwald
The Rockies charged into the second half of their season with two electrifying wins over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. In Friday night’s shootout the Rockies trailed 8-5 after five innings. Their offense exploded in the sixth inning scoring six runs supercharged with a grand slam by pinch hitter Raimel Tapia. The final in that game was 11-10.
The Diamondbacks were shocked again Saturday night when catcher Tom Murphy, pinch hitting in the eighth inning, launched a game-winning solo homerun on the first pitch he saw from Arizona reliever Yoshi Hirano in what would be a 6-5 victory.
Sunday’s 6-1 loss was a let-down as the Rockies went up against the Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke. Their solo run was a homer by Ian Desmond. Since his struggles at the plate in April and May, Desmond has become a threat for opposing pitchers raising his batting average from a woeful .167 in mid-May to .238 with 19 homeruns and 58 RBI. An impressive 44 percent of his 82 hits have been for extra bases.
After taking a real tumble in June, the Rockies have won 15 of their last 19 games and now have a record of 53 wins and 46 losses. They’ve climbed back in to the Western Division race trailing the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers by two games and the second place Diamondbacks by a half-game.
This week the Rockies will return home for a two-game series with the World Champion Houston Astros. On the weekend they’ll host the Oakland Athletics in another interleague series.
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