D-Backs lose season opening series against Colorado
Wednesday was not a good day for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
First came the announcement that ace pitcher Brandon Webb will miss his next scheduled start due to shoulder soreness. Then there was the game, a 9-2 loss to the visiting Colorado Rockies in the rubber match of the season-opening series at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks mustered just five hits off four Colorado pitchers. Rockies starter and winner Franklin Morales allowed a run on four hits in six innings, striking out six and walking one.
“Just an ugly game,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said afterward. “We probably didn’t make Morales work as hard as we should’ve. And then as the game went along it got worse, obviously. It ended up being an ugly game for us.”
After defeating the Rockies 9-8 on Monday, the Diamondbacks were shut out by Ubaldo Jimenez and two Colorado relievers on Tuesday (in a 3-0 loss) and were shut down by Morales and the Colorado bullpen on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, D-backs starter Doug Davis gave up four runs, four hits and four walks in five innings Wednesday to take the loss.
Rockies rookie Dexter Fowler hit Davis’ first pitch of the afternoon into the left-field seats for a leadoff home run. It was the first career homer for Fowler, a 23-year-old center fielder.
Stephen Drew answered with a solo shot (his first homer of the year) in the bottom of the first off Morales, but the Diamondbacks did not score again until the ninth. By then, the Rockies had built a 9-1 lead.
Colorado pulled ahead to stay in the third inning on a bases-loaded double to right field by Ryan Spilborghs that drove in two runs. Garrett Atkins followed with a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right to give Colorado a 4-1 advantage.
The game remained close heading into the top of the seventh. In that inning, however, the Rockies extended their lead to 6-1 when Yorvit Torrealba and Ian Stewart hit consecutive home runs off D-backs reliever Billy Buckner.
The Rockies added a run in the eighth against Jon Rauch on an RBI single by Stewart. In the ninth, a fielding error by Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds and a throwing error by second baseman Felipe Lopez led to a pair of unearned runs for the Rockies.
A groundout off the bat of Reynolds in the bottom of the ninth drove in Chris Young with the D-backs’ second run of the game. Young was hit by a pitch from Rockies reliever Ryan Speier to lead off the inning.
Prior to Wednesday’s game, the Diamondbacks announced that Webb, who finished with a 22-7 record and a 3.30 ERA last season, will not make his next scheduled start on Saturday evening against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Melvin said Webb has been experiencing soreness in the back of his right (throwing) shoulder.
Melvin said that 24-year-old right-hander Yusmeiro Petit will start in Webb’s place on Saturday. The Diamondbacks hope that Webb, who allowed six runs in four innings in Monday’s Opening Day victory over the Rockies, will be able to pitch on April 17 at San Francisco.
During Melvin’s post-game press conference following Wednesday’s game, the Arizona manager was asked about the timetable for Webb’s return to the mound.
“We’ll give him a couple days where he won’t throw, and then we’ll see where we’re at,” Melvin said.
By: Tom Kessler
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