Rockies swept in DH by D-backs, skid grows to 7 straight
DENVER (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki was in no hurry to leave the dugout even after more than 6 hours of baseball.
The Colorado Rockies shortstop had a lot on his mind and staring out toward the field seemed as good a place as any to contemplate a seven-game losing streak that’s weighing heavily on him.
“I care,” Tulowitzki said after the Arizona Diamondbacks completed their first doubleheader road sweep since 2006 with a 5-1 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night. “Bottom line: We haven’t played good baseball.”
In the seven losses the Rockies have been outscored 65-25. Manager Walt Weiss wasn’t around to see much of the second game after being ejected by plate umpire Bill Miller in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes.
But he didn’t disagree with Tulowitzki’s assessment.
“There’s no magic pill — show up and compete,” said Weiss, whose team received a brief respite from their woes when they were rained out on consecutive days before resuming Wednesday. “We’ve got to pitch better. We’ve got to take better at-bats. We’ve got to play better.”
In the opening game, Aaron Hill tied a career high with four RBIs, including a three-run homer, as the Diamondbacks breezed to a 13-7 win.
Things certainly didn’t go well in that contest for Tyler Matzek (2-1) as he threw very few strikes, leading to an awfully short afternoon — on a day the Rockies needed him to go deep into the game, too.
Matzek allowed four runs in two innings and matched a career high with six walks in his first start since leaving an April 27 outing at Arizona with a hamstring cramp. The lefty couldn’t command his fastball. Of his 58 pitches, only 20 were for strikes.
“The fastball feel just wasn’t there,” Matzek said.
Jordan Lyles (2-3) pitched more effectively in the night game, allowing four runs in seven innings.
Still, it wasn’t enough.
“Today wasn’t a good day,” Tulowitzki said. “If we talk right now, we’re going to say things a little more harshly and be tougher.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We’ll see what we’re made of.”
Paul Goldschmidt homered and Robbie Ray threw six strong innings in a spot start during the second game. Ray (1-0), who allowed five hits and one run, will be sent right back to Triple-A Reno. He knew that would be the case.
“I went out throwing like I would any day,” Ray said. “It didn’t change the way I pitched. I was the same guy pitching in the big leagues or pitching in Triple-A.”
His outing certainly caught the eye of manager Chip Hale, who said after the game, “when we need somebody he’s going to be the guy.”
The last time Arizona won a doubleheader on the road was June 3, 2006, at Atlanta. The 18 combined runs are also the most the team has ever scored in a doubleheader.
David Peralta broke a tie in the fifth with a two-out, two-run double that just got over the outstretched glove of right fielder Charlie Blackmon. Goldschmidt followed with an RBI single to give the Diamondbacks a 4-1 lead.
Mike McKenry drove in Colorado’s lone run with an RBI double in the fourth.
Diamondbacks: Hale isn’t sure when Patrick Corbin (elbow) will pitch again after the left-hander threw three innings Tuesday in an extended spring training game. “I think they might be giving him six days,” Hale said. ... Hale had no update on 3B Jake Lamb (left foot stress reaction), who recently was cleared to walk on a treadmill.
Rockies: Closer Adam Ottavino (elbow) was scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. Ottavino is concerned he will need season-ending Tommy John surgery. “Could be a long road ahead,” Weiss said. “But he’s ready for that.” ... RHP LaTroy Hawkins (biceps tendinitis) was slated to resume throwing Wednesday. “We’re not rushing this thing,” Hawkins said.
Diamondbacks: RHP Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 5.40) will face the San Diego Padres on Thursday.
Rockies: Day off Thursday. Eddie Butler (2-2, 3.81) throws Friday when Colorado opens a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.