The three-game series at Coors Field was touted as a significant June test for National League West contenders Arizona and Colorado.
The Diamondbacks passed. The Rockies flunked.
The D-Backs’ 10-3 rout of the Rockies Thursday afternoon, coming after Wednesday night’s 16-5 demolition, gave the D-Backs the series victory. Arizona won for the 12th time in its last 14 games to improve to 46-27. Colorado, which finished its homestand 5-2, fell to 47-28.
The huge caveat, of course, is that the Rockies have 87 games remaining, including a rematch at Arizona beginning June 30. Still, this was an ugly series for Colorado and it exposed issues with its pitching.
Arizona starter Zack Godley dominated the Rockies, pitching seven-plus innings of four-hit ball. He struck out eight and walked only two. From the end of the first inning through the beginning of the eighth, Godley dispatched 19 of the 20 Rockies he faced.
The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, rocked rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela for nine runs on eight hits in five innings. Two three-run homers — by Chris Owings in the third and by Paul Goldschmidt in the fourth — put the game out of Colorado’s reach early on.
Senzatela entered the game 9-2 with a 4.10 ERA, but he looked like an over-matched rookie against Arizona’s talented lineup. It was a fate similar to what fellow rookie Jeff Hoffman experienced Wednesday night when he was tagged for a career-high nine runs on eight hits in 3 ⅔ innings.
The afternoon actually began on a high note for Colorado. Charlie Blackmon golfed Godley’s 84 mph curveball 433 feet to right-center for his 16th homer. It was Blackmon’s second leadoff homer this season. Two batters later, Nolan Arenado doubled, but he was stranded when Carlos Gonzalez grounded out and Ian Desmond struck out. From that point on, the game belonged to Arizona.
Colorado tacked on two runs in the eighth on an RBI double by Pat Valaika, and a single by Blackmon that drove in Valaika.
The Rockies now face their second big NL West test. They head to Los Angeles for a weekend series against the Dodgers, who will throw superb left-hander Alex Wood (7-0, 1.90 ERA) in Friday night’s game and then pitch ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw (10-2, 2.61) in Saturday night’s game.