National League Game Summary - Colorado at Arizona
(Monday, June 4th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Arizona 0
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Christian Friedrich tossed seven shutout
innings and the Colorado Rockies blanked the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-0, in the
opener of a three-game set at Chase Field.
Friedrich (4-1) scattered four hits and fanned four while issuing just two
walks to earn the win. Matt Belisle worked a scoreless eighth and Adam
Ottavino closed it out in the ninth to finish off the victory.
"For a young kid where it wasn't quite right early on...it's a really good
sign and it's really good to see," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said of
Wilin Rosario went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI and Marco Scutaro
added an RBI on a sacrifice fly for the Rockies, who have won seven of their
last eight games.
Aaron Hill, Paul Goldschmidt and Gerardo Parra ripped doubles for the
Diamondbacks, but they were unable to push across a run as their modest two-
game winning streak came to an end.
Joe Saunders (3-4) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on 11 hits and one
walk while striking out three over 6 2/3 innings in the loss.
Colorado struck first in its first at-bat when Dexter Fowler began the game
with a triple into the right-center field gap and trotted home on a sacrifice
fly by Scutaro for the 1-0 advantage.
The Rockies added two more runs in the second. Todd Helton got things off to a
good start with a double and Jordan Pacheco singled to right. Rosario then
beat out an infield hit, which allowed Helton to score. After DJ LeMahieu
ripped a base hit to right, Pacheco was able to scamper home on a passed ball
charged to Henry Blanco for a 3-0 lead.
Rosario gave the Rockies a 4-0 lead in the fourth when he crushed a fastball
from Saunders deep and over the wall in right-center field.
Hill doubled to lead off the Arizona sixth and moved to third on a groundout
by Justin Upton, but he was stranded there as Friedrich fanned Goldschmidt and
Chris Young to end the inning.
Parra started the D-backs eighth with a double down the left-field line and
Hill walked to put two runners on base, but again Arizona could not score as
Belisle got Upton to ground into a fielder's choice before fanning Goldschmidt
to keep the shutout intact.
Ottavino allowed a two-out single to Ryan Roberts in the ninth, but got Blanco
to fly out to left to end the game.
"Its just a matter of me trying to throw up zeros," Saunders said, "We had a
chance in the first inning, we didn't get the big hit, and then it was up to
me to throw up a zero. I couldn't do it."
The Rockies snapped a five-game skid at Chase Field...Goldschmidt extended
his hitting streak to 13 games...Colorado improved to 9-15 on the road this
season...Arizona went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight
on base, while the Rockies finished 3-for-9 with men in scoring position.
06/05 02:38:29 ET
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