Monday -- Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 5. Tuesday -- Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4. Wednesday -- Arizona RHP Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.38) vs. Colorado RHP Jordan Lyles (3-0, 2.93), 6 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona. Photos: USA TODAY Sports
Ross D. Franklin
Get in sync
The D-backs won three games in a row for the first time this season from Wednesday to Friday but seemed to once again fall out of sync over the weekend. On Saturday, starter Bronson Arroyo turned in his best performance of the season and the offense provided five runs, but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead. On Sunday, the D-backs starting and relief pitching was stellar, but the offense couldn’t score even a single run. They'll try to put it all together again beginning Monday.
Hill heating up
After a slow start, D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill has gotten hot over the past week, batting .474 (9 for 19) with three doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs in five games. Over the previous 22 games, Hill had batted .209 (19 for 91) with six doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBIs. Since April 20, Hill's on-base percentage has risen 33 points, from .272 to .305.
Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon has been one of the National League's biggest surprises this season, getting off to a red-hot start with a .402 batting average, 17 RBIs, five home runs and a .446 on-base percentage. Blackmon, 27, played in a career-high 82 games last season and batted .309 with 22 RBIs and six home runs, totals he's nearly matched in 24 games this year.
Monday starter Wade Miley has been pretty good against the Rockies in his big league career, going 7-0 with a 2.52 ERA. He's been especially good, though, at Chase Field, where he is 4-0 with a 2.01 ERA in six starts against Colorado. In a road win over the Rockies earlier this month, Miley allowed just two runs over eight innings in what was perhaps the best outing by a D-backs starter this season.