The Arizona Diamondbacks split what turned out to be a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies. This series was full of home runs, which is not surprising for Coors Field. It was also a series of bad bullpen pitching. Here’s how the series went down…
Monday August 31
Aug 31, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pincher hitter Ben Paulsen (10) hits a walk off single during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. The Rockies won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The D-Backs were able to pull ahead rather early in this one thanks to an RBI single by Ender Inciarte and a two-run home run by A.J. Pollock in the third inning. David Peralta added and RBI single of his own in the fifth inning to make it 4-1. The D-Backs held that lead going into the ninth and then it all fell apart. Nolan Arenado drove in two runs with a single to cut the lead to 4-3. Then Ben Paulsen proceeded to drive in the winning run with a two-run single of his own and the Rockies won 5-4. Brad Ziegler blew his first save since May 27, only his second blown save this season.
Robbie Ray had yet another great outing spoiled in this loss. Ray went 5 2/3 innings, gave up only one run on five hits and struck out eight. Ray finally received a bit of run support, but the bullpen could not hang on to the lead late. Ray’s record still stands at 3-10 with an ERA of 3.72.