The Arizona Diamondbacks held the NL West lead in late July, but
they’re on the verge of falling out of the playoff race altogether
as they begin a seven-game road trip Friday night against the
Arizona led the last-place Los Angeles Dodgers by 9 1/2 games
before play June 22 and held a one-half game edge July 21 before
relinquishing the lead for good.
It was unable to hold off surging Los Angeles, which clinched
the division by beating the Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday.
Martin Prado drove in two runs for Arizona (77-75), which trails
Cincinnati by 9 1/2 games for the NL’s second wild-card spot with
10 to play.
“You just take it in and reflect on some things,” manager Kirk
Gibson said. “We still have to play hard the rest of the way out.
It is disappointing.”
The Diamondbacks have lost four of their six road meetings with
the Rockies this season, but they took two of three at home from
Colorado last weekend.
Paul Goldschmidt, batting .514 with three homers and 12 RBIs
during a nine-game hitting streak, went 4 for 4 with five RBIs in
Sunday’s 8-2 victory in the series finale. Randall Delgado picked
up his first win since beating Boston on Aug. 2 after allowing two
runs in six innings.
Delgado (5-6, 3.98 ERA), who went 0-3 with a 5.31 ERA in his
previous seven outings, has allowed 14 home runs over his last nine
starts, though, after giving up a two-run shot to pinch-hitter
Charlie Culberson on Sunday.
The right-hander will face the Rockies again Friday.
“It’s unusual that the only runs he gives up are on home runs,”
Gibson said. “But as he gets more matured and more experience,
you’ll see that go down. He’s thrown very well for us overall this
year, and he has a very good future for us.”
In a rematch of Sunday’s pitching matchup, Delgado will oppose
Jhoulys Chacin, who had his shortest outing of the season in that
Chacin (13-9, 3.22) gave up six runs – four earned – in four
innings in the loss after going 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA while pitching
seven innings in each of his previous four starts.
“I just wasn’t throwing strikes,” Chacin said. “I was pitching
up, overthrowing my pitches. I didn’t make my pitches at any point
in the game.”
The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three starts versus
Arizona this season, and he’ll look to get back on track against a
Diamondbacks team that has won five of the last six meetings with
The Rockies (70-84) will be trying to win back-to-back games for
the first time since Aug. 28 and 30 after Thursday’s 7-6, 15-inning
victory over St. Louis to earn a split of their four-game series
with the NL Central leaders.
Corey Dickerson went 3 for 7 and drove in DJ LeMahieu with a
triple in the bottom of the final inning for his second RBI of the
contest. Dickerson went 2 for 16 over his previous five games.
Charlie Blackmon had four hits, while Troy Tulowitzki and Todd
The Rockies will look to slow Goldschmidt, who is 11 for 21 with
two homers and 10 RBIs in his last six against Colorado.