Rockies rain home runs on D-backs
The night ended with the Diamondbacks pitcher looking unlike himself.
The Colorado Rockies smacked three home runs off Anderson in a 10-5 win over the Diamondbacks at Coors Field, ending the right-hander’s night with a six-run fifth inning that included two of their five home runs on the evening.
"After the first couple of innings and getting through a couple jams, you can’t leave pitches up in this ball park," Anderson told reporters. "That’s basically what I take from this."
D-backs manager Chip Hale said the Rockies were nearly perfect at identifying Anderson’s pitches that were hittable and those that weren’t — so much so he’ll have to take a look at the tape.
"They didn’t seem to take, I think, one swing out of the zone," he said on FOX Sports Arizona’s postgame broadcast. "We’ll have to check to see if he was tipping in any way."
On a wider view, Arizona (34-36) dropped its 10th game in the last 10 attempts in trying to reach the .500 mark.
Arizona led 4-2 heading in the fifth, but an RBI double by Charlie Blackmon and RBI single by Troy Tulowitzki tied the game. Nolan Arenado, who had cranked a solo shot in the fourth to bring Colorado within 3-2, then took advantage of a poorly placed curveball for a three-run homer.
Wilin Rosario, who scored a run in the third just before a 38-minute rain delay, added to the sixth-inning carnage with a solo home run that ended a suddenly rough outing for Anderson.
Anderson wouldn’t say the interruption made a difference in his performance of eights hits and eight earned runs allowed.
"Not at all. I never use any excuses," he said. "There are distractions in this game and you have to learn to overcome it."
To be fair, Anderson wasn’t the only D-backs pitcher to struggle. David Hernandez, in his sixth game back from being activated off Tommy John recovery, allowed a home run to D.J. LeMahieu in the seventh and Brandon Barnes did the same to Josh Collmenter in the next frame for the final 10-5 margin.
David Peralta’s effort was there. Charlie Blackmon’s double that drove in the first run of the fifth fell at the foul line in deep left, and a charging Peralta was inches from making a diving catch — but instead landed on the ball as he slid. In the eighth inning, Peralta sprinted into shallow center and nearly collided with center fielder Pollock, who appeared to call for the ball. Peralta, this time, made the catch for the out.
* Welington Castillo and Nick Ahmed hit back-to-back home runs in the second for a 3-2 lead. "We scored runs," Hale said. "I thought we didn’t capitalize, after three (runs), I feel like we had a little run there. It’s like playing in the (Pacific Coast League) again, as a manager."
* Pollock might be getting back on track after a lull in his production this month. He went 3 for 5 and recorded his second multi-hit night in four games. His solo blast in the fifth that gave Arizona a 4-2 lead was his first home run since June 10.
* Maybe Anderson is simply allergic to the Rockies. He allowed four or more runs in three of his 14 games this season, and two of those came against Colorado. On April 27 at Chase Field, the Rockies scored five earned runs in Anderson’s 5 1/3 innings pitched.
After the D-backs optioned former closer Addison Reed to Triple-A Reno while activating reliever Enrique Burgos on Monday, Hale told MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert that Reed needs to improve his fastball command but will attempt to add a split-finger fastball to his arsenal. Reed is making $4.9 million this season and struggled with a 5.92 ERA to this point.