Less than 20 games remain, Diamondbacks hold on to 7 game lead

The Arizona Diamondbacks took on the Colorado Rockies for a three game series in rainy Colorado.  They ended up taking the series two games to one, and held onto their seven game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.  The Diamondbacks won game one and game three of the series, with the Rockies winning game two.

Arizona Diamondbacks Geoff Blum

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Led by Geoff Blum, who has missed 127 games this season due to injury, the Diamondbacks took game one of the series 10-7.  Blum went 3 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBIs.  Justin Upton started the game with a home run in the first inning, but the Rockies matched that with their own home run by Dexter Fowler in the bottom of the first.  The Rockies took an early lead 2-1 in the third inning with a home run by Mark Ellis.  The Diamondbacks added eight unanswered runs, and led 9-2 by the end of the seventh inning.  The Rockies rallied late with Micah Owings in relief.  After getting two outs, Owings gave up a home run, walked the next two batters, then gave up another home run to Troy Tulowitzki.  Owings was pulled and Brian Shaw came in to close out the game.  Rookie Wade Miley went seven innings and gave up only two runs for the win.  Miley has won three games in a row, 3-1 overall, after being called up from Triple-A Reno on August 16, when Jason Marquis was put on the disabled list with a fractured right fibula.

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Josh CollmenterThe Diamondbacks led game two 3-1 going into the bottom of the eighth inning.  Josh Collmenter pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing only one run and putting the Diamondbacks in a good position to secure another win.  David Hernandez came in to replace Brad Ziegler in the eighth inning, and that’s when the wheels fell off the bus.  After allowing three singles, the big blow came when Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer.  This was his second home run in as many games against the Diamondbacks.  After three more hits, two walks, and a hit by pitch, the Rockies led 8-3, and that’s how the game ended.  The Diamondbacks had to use Joe Patterson and Sam Demel to get the last out of the inning.  Miguel Montero extended his hitting streak to 14 games, and Aaron Hill was 2-4 on the day scoring twice.

Arizona Diamondbacks Right Fielder Justin UptonAfter giving up the lead the night before, the Diamondbacks found themselves down 2-3 in the final game of the series.  Both teams scored two runs in the third inning off of home runs, and the Rockies took the lead with another home run by Wilin Rosario in the fourth.  After a John McDonald double scored Paul Goldschmidt, pitcher Joe Saunders helped his cause by driving in McDonald with a single, and giving the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning.  Justin Upton hit his 28 home run of the season the next inning, and the Diamondbacks bullpen shut out the Rockies for the first time this series.  Starter Joe Saunders allowed three runs in six innings.  Bryan Shaw, Alberto Castillo, David Hernandez, and J.J. Putz shut out the Rockies over the last three innings, and Putz got his 37 save of the season.

The Diamondbacks head home next for a four game series against the San Diego Padres starting tonight and going through Sunday.  The Diamondbacks are still seven games atop their division, and only 2 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers.  If the Diamondbacks end the season with a better record than the Brewers, they will most likely play the Atlanta Braves instead of the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round of the playoffs, but that’s still a long ways away.

~ by Troy Erickson Realtor on September 8, 2011.

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