DENVER -- Pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen delivered a two-run walk-off single in the ninth inning, lifting the Rockies to a 5-4 comeback win over the D-backs on Monday night at Coors Field.
"We had a lot of missed opportunities throughout," said Colorado manager Walt Weiss, whose Rockies still finished 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. "But guys kept fighting."
DENVER -- Sometimes in the course of the grueling marathon of a 162-game season, a manager asks too much from one of his players due to circumstances.
That's how D-backs skipper Chip Hale described things Monday night after he sent closer Brad Ziegler out to try and slam the door in the ninth inning just one day after the right-hander had thrown 30 pitches.
Arizona receives two Minor Leaguer pitchers in return
By Steve Gilbert
PHOENIX -- The D-backs have dealt reliever Addison Reed to the Mets in exchange for Minor League right-handers Matt Koch and Miller Diaz.
Koch, 24, went 4-8 with a 3.46 ERA in 35 games (including eight starts) with Double-A Binghamton this season. Diaz, 23, was 5-12 with a 4.71 ERA in 23 games (including 21 starts) with Class A with St. Lucie.
PHOENIX -- Marcus Semien's two-run base hit off D-backs closer Brad Ziegler in the 11th inning lifted the A's to a series-winning, 7-4 victory at Chase Field on Sunday afternoon.
Ziegler recorded two quick outs to begin the inning but surrendered back-to-back singles to Danny Valencia and Stephen Vogt and hit Josh Phegley with a pitch to load the bases for Semien, who singled down the right-field line. Eric Sogard followed with an RBI single.
PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt hit his second titanic homer in three days Friday night, but after the D-backs' 6-4 win over the A's, it was his strikeout that came the inning before that had his manager singing his praises.
On Wednesday against the Cardinals, Goldschmidt hit a homer projected to land 471 feet away, according to Statcast™. On Friday, his two-run blast off Pat Venditte that capped a four-run seventh inning hit off the bottom of the scoreboard and Statcast™ projected it at 466 feet away.
PHOENIX -- In an effort to give their starting pitchers extra rest, the D-backs have adjusted their rotation.
Instead of Robbie Ray getting the start in Sunday's series finale against the A's, the D-backs have called up right-hander Allen Watson from Triple-A Reno to start. Ray will start Monday's series opener in Colorado.
PHOENIX -- The D-backs rallied from an early deficit to defeat the A's, 6-4, on Friday night at Chase Field to snap a four-game losing streak while extending Oakland's losing skid to three games.
The A's gave starter Sonny Gray a 2-0 lead on RBIs by Billy Burns and Mark Canha. Gray, meanwhile, handcuffed the D-backs, holding them to just two hits through five innings while maintaining the American League's best ERA (2.13).
PHOENIX -- When the ball left his bat, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt knew it was home run. He just didn't realize quite how far it would carry.
Goldschmidt's first-inning homer -- the D-backs' entire offense in a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday night -- left his bat at 111 mph and was projected to land 471 feet away, according to Statcast™.
PHOENIX -- The Cardinals completed a season sweep of the D-backs on Thursday with a 5-3 victory punctuated by home runs from backup catcher Tony Cruz and fill-in outfielder Brandon Moss before reliever Seth Maness highlighted the night by pulling off a great escape.
After sweeping a three-game home series against the D-backs in May, the Cardinals interrupted Arizona's attempt to keep climbing up the National League West standings by winning four straight at Chase Field. In doing so, the Cardinals, who have won five in a row on this road trip, maintained their 4 1/2-game lead in the NL Central. This was their first four-game sweep at Chase Field.
D-backs reliever believes he'll return to action in a few days
By Jesse Sanchez
PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever Daniel Hudson was removed from Thursday night's 5-3 loss to the Cardinals after injuring his right index finger fielding a comebacker off the bat of Tommy Pham in the ninth inning.
The right-hander said he expects to play catch Friday and he will "take it day by day."
Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
O'Brien blasts two homers for Triple-A Reno
D-backs' No. 9 prospect goes 3-for-4 with three extra-base hits for Aces
By Mike Rosenbaum
The home runs keep coming for Peter O'Brien.
The Diamondbacks' No. 9 prospect launched a pair of home runs Wednesday in Triple-A Reno's 11-5 win over Nashville. He also picked up a double in the game, finishing 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs.
PHOENIX -- The D-backs moved Randall Delgado back to the bullpen after one start, but it appears the organization views him as a rotation candidate in the future.
"In Spring Training [next year] Dave and Tony they'd like to see him as a starter, so he's going to be thought of in that way," D-backs manager Chip Hale said referring to GM Dave Stewart and chief baseball officer Tony La Russa. "But we always know the flexibility he gives us in the bullpen is important."
PHOENIX -- Needing a win to maintain their 4 1/2-game lead over the Pirates in the National League Central, the Cardinals extended their winning streak to four with a 3-1 win over the D-backs in front of 17,572 at Chase Field on Wednesday night.
After the two teams traded home runs, St. Louis buried Arizona with a two-run seventh, capped by run-scoring hits from Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter. With Stephen Piscotty in motion on a hit-and-run, Wong laced an RBI double off David Hernandez into the left-field corner to give the Cardinals their first lead of the night. Carpenter, who had struck out in his first three at-bats, padded the lead with a two-out RBI single to right off Andrew Chafin.
PHOENIX -- There have been numerous times this season when it seemed like the D-backs were headed for a bad run that could bury them below the .500 mark, and each time they rebounded to creep back.
Just last week, after dropping the final two games in Pittsburgh, they appeared to be ready for a slide, only to rebound with a four-game sweep in Cincinnati that vaulted them onto the periphery of the National League West race.
PHOENIX -- Buoyed by a four-run first inning, the Cardinals cruised to a 9-1 win over the D-backs on Tuesday to further fortify their National League Central lead.
With a second victory in as many nights at Chase Field, the Cardinals capitalized on Pittsburgh's loss in Miami to increase their division lead to 4 1/2 games. Arizona falls 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West. The Cardinals also became the Majors' first team to 80 wins.
PHOENIX -- Three weeks ago, there was serious question as to whether D-backs right-hander Evan Marshall was going to live through the night after being struck in the head by a line drive while pitching for Triple-A Reno.
On Tuesday, though, he walked into the D-backs' clubhouse for the first time since the injury and received hugs from his teammates.
PHOENIX -- A three-run seventh inning, highlighted by run-scoring hits from Tommy Pham and Yadier Molina, helped the Cardinals to a 5-3 win as they opened a four-game series against the D-backs on Monday night at Chase Field.
The victory ensured St. Louis would maintain its 3 1/2-game lead in the National League Central over the surging Pirates, winners in eight of their last 10 games. Arizona's rapid climb up the NL West standings hit a halt as the team's four-game winning streak was snapped. The D-backs trail the first-place Dodgers by 5 1/2 games.