Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 7 (boxscore)
What Went Wrong: The Rockies were done in by two big offensive innings. The first was the 1st, which has been a problem for Rockies starters all season. Arizona scored three there against Jhoulys Chacin on a triple, two doubles and a single.
Arizona then put up a five-spot in the 5th against Carlos Torres, Josh Outman and Edgmer Escalona. That inning included four walks (none intentional) and was the turning point in the game.
Jhoulys Chacin's Line: 4 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 84 pitches (51 strikes)
Chacin rebounded from the rough start for a strong finish, but of course that early pitch count cost him the opportunity to work deeper in the game. I don't know for sure that he could have given Colorado another decent inning or two, but I long for the days when a professional pitcher in Colorado was given that chance. Don't you?
Highlight of the Night: Between Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, we're likely to see a number of Todd Helton's records fall over the years. But it was Wilin Rosario who moved past his mark for home runs as a rookie with his 26th on Saturday night. Congrats to Wilin!
What's Next: Well, it'll be Jeff Francis (5-6, 5.58) vs. Ian Kennedy (14-11, 4.08) Sunday at 1:10. But I don't mind telling you I'll be watching football. Too many good games going on for me to dedicate 10 minutes to this mess. So if tomorrow's recrap is a little more off-the-wall than usual, you'll know why, because I'm just going to wing it.
Final Thoughts: Also, have you noticed how these recraps get shorter and less focused on actual baseball thoughts? It's amazing how much awful, uninspired baseball can zap a bloggers' energy and enthusiasm. Especially when I'm writing about other teams like the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds clinching division titles over at Big League Stew. It's almost depressing to step away from that for a few moments to piece these craps together. But hey, it's for a good cause known as our sanity. I need to vent. You need to read it (or should need to). At the end of the post, it's always worth and somewhat therapeutic.