Diamondbacks-Rockies Preview

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

Colorado Rockies.

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

contest.

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

Colorado.

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

Helton homered.

The Rockies will look to slow Goldschmidt, who is 11 for 21 with

two homers and 10 RBIs in his last six against Colorado.