Rockies rookie Ryan Castellani threw six innings, allowing just two runs on three hits as Colorado beat Arizona 3-2 on Monday night to end the Rockies’ seven-game losing streak.
The win was the first of Castellani’s career and it was fitting that it was at Arizona’s Chase Field, just five minutes from his high school. Castellani still lives in Arizona and his wife and young son were watching the game from the family’s Scottsdale home.
“I grew up going to these games here. I’ve sat everywhere in the stadium, and now for things to come full circle and be on the mound to get my first win here is just amazing.”Castellani said after his first major league win.
The Rockies offense didn’t do a lot, but this time it did enough to get the job done. Trevor Story hit his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot in the first inning. Colorado’s second run came by way of a sacrifice fly off the bat of Daniel Murphy. And the winning run was scored when Raimel Tapia drove in Tony Wolters with a single in the fifth inning.
Daniel Bard worked a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his second save of the season.
- Story now has 20 home runs against Arizona, the second most of any opponent. He has 21 against the Giants.
- Outfielder Charlie Blackmon was a late scratch from Monday’s game due to left quad tightness. Manager Bud Black said Blackmon is day-to-day.
- Meanwhile outfielder David Dahl and pitcher Chi Chi González continue to work their way back from injuries. Dahl is expected to hit off González in a simulated game Tuesday.
- The two teams are back in action tonight at 7:40 p.m. (AT&N SportsNet) with Germán Márquez (2-4, 4.38 ERA) looking to bounce back from his worst start of the season for the Rockies against Alex Young (1-1, 4.50 ERA) of the Diamondbacks.
- TheAthletic.com’s Nick Groke and Pedro Moura had a good story about former Colorado reliever Jake McGee who is now with the Dodgers. Groke and Moura look at how the Dodgers have got McGee’s career back on track after he struggled with the Rockies.
- TheDNVR.com’s Drew Creasman and Patrick Lyons took a look at various questions surrounding the Rockies, including “Who are the Rockies right now?”
- Lastly, MLB.com had its writers back bold predictions for what each team will do at this year’s trade deadline which is Aug. 31. Thomas Harding wrote that the Rockies will trade for Texas’ Shin-Soo Choo. And if not Choo, the other name he suggested was Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr.. Both Choo and Bradley will be free agents after this season.