Rockies sweep Diamondbacks with come-from-behind victory

Jun 20, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon (right) celebrates with teammate Nolan Arenado after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies solidified a series sweep versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning 6-4 at Chase Field Thursday.

The win extends the Rockies current winning streak versus the Diamondbacks to eight games.

Ahead are takeaways from the victory.

Wolters, Iannetta come up clutch

The Rockies latest victory came in comeback fashion, and former closer Greg Holland helped his old team out in the ninth inning.

After getting Chris Iannetta to fly out, Holland issued a walk to Ryan McMahon. Still rattled, Holland issued a second consecutive walk, this time to Raimel Tapia, to provide Colorado with two base runners while there was just one out in a one-run affair.

After a wild pitch allowed both runners to advance, catcher Tony Wolters ripped a pinch-hit single to right field to tie the game at four runs apiece and force extra innings.

Arizona’s pitching troubles continued in the 10th inning when Yoshihisa Hirano walked Ian Desmond with just one out. From there Brendan Rodgers, who was recalled to the big league roster hours before first pitch, poked a single to right field, setting the Rockies up with runners on the corners and no outs.

After a walk to David Dahl, veteran Chris Iannetta hit a two-RBI single to push the Rockies ahead 6-4.

The heroics from Wolters and Iannetta improved Colorado’s record to 40-34.

Hoffman’s start is short and sweet

Jeff Hoffman’s latest start was short lived.

Arizona jumped on Hoffman in the first inning, scoring a run after he surrendered a pair of walks, a single and a wild pitch.

Eduardo Escobar tied the ballgame in the first by hitting a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring IIdemaro Vargas from third base.

Hoffman buckled down following the first inning, but his outing would not last past the third inning.

Hoffman departed after just 2.2 innings pitched, allowing one run on three hits while striking out five batters. The Diamondbacks ran up Hoffman’s pitch count which forced his premature departure.

Blackmon stays hot

Slugger Charlie Blackmon kept the good time rolling at the dish versus Arizona.

Blackmon established a lead for the Rockies out of the gate, blasting a solo home run to open up the ballgame.

Blackmon has now reached base in 30 consecutive games since May 1 which is the longest active streak in the National League. Additionally, he is batting just under .400 since the start of May which is amongst the top of the leaderboards in the National League.

While May was a big month for Blackmon, June has been even better. Blackmon’s .458 batting average is the highest around the league so far this month.

Arenado leaves early

For the second game in a row, Rockies’ fans were forced to hold their breath.

The Rockies were dealt a blow prior to Thursday’s game, losing Trevor Story to the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain.

In regards to injuries, the Rockies were sailing smoothly throughout the final game of their series versus the Diamondbacks, until the ninth inning.

The Rockies managed to tie the game up in the top ninth inning, but when the squad rolled out onto the diamond for the bottom half of the inning, a notable face was absent.

The Rockies opted to insert Brendan Rodgers into the game, shifting around their infield and yanking Arenado.

Arenado was removed as a precaution with a left big toe contusion after he fouled a ball off of his toe.

There is no word on Arenado’s condition moving forward, but his departure was certainly unexpected.