D-backs attempt to complete home sweep of Rockies

MLB

The Arizona Diamondbacks accomplished something Wednesday night they hadn’t done since May 2 — win a home series. Now they’ll try to do something they haven’t done all season — sweep a home series.

The Diamondbacks will attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies when the teams wrap up the set Thursday afternoon.

Arizona beat Colorado 6-4 on Wednesday night to claim consecutive victories for the first time since May 10-11 against the Miami Marlins.

Colorado will send Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-5, 5.52 ERA) against the Diamondbacks’ Jake Faria (0-0, 5.25) in a matchup of right-handers.

Faria signed with Arizona on June 16 and made his first appearance with the Diamondbacks three days later. He hadn’t started a game since he was with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018 but has stared twice in his five appearances since joining the Diamondbacks.

He has faced the Rockies twice in his career and is 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA in just one inning against them.

Faria was with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2020 but didn’t pitch last season, spending all year at the Brewers’ alternate site. The Los Angeles Angels signed him in November, and he was invited to spring training. He went 3-2 with a 5.65 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Salt Lake before being released last month, and he was facing uncertainty before signing with Arizona.

“It was really stressful — different teams had called, and I was trying to figure out where to go,” Faria said. “The Diamondbacks said, ‘Hey, we’re going to put you in the big leagues. We need pitching, we like you, so we’re going to throw you in the big leagues.’

“It was a lot of peaks and pits, going up and down for three days, but I’m glad I ended up here.”

Gonzalez has found a spot in Colorado’s rotation — at least until Austin Gomber returns from the injured list. Gonzalez has bounced between the bullpen and starting, but injuries first to Kyle Freeland, then Jon Gray and Gomber have given him a chance to stay in the rotation.

Thursday will be his 13th start and 17th appearance of the season. He has a 5.06 ERA and no decisions in two career starts against the Diamondbacks.

Gonzalez has been a different pitcher at home than on the road. He is 0-5 with a 6.81 ERA on the road compared to 2-0 with a 4.31 ERA at Coors Field. His struggles away from home mirror what the team has dealt with this year.

The Rockies are tied for the most home wins with 31, but their 6-33 road record is the worst in baseball. Their road winning percentage (.154) is threatening to be the worst in major league history, a mark current held by the 1935 Boston Braves (.167).

On Tuesday, Colorado lost 4-3 to Arizona when closer Daniel Bard plunked David Peralta on the left leg with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. The Wednesday game was close until Arizona broke it open with a three-run homer by Eduardo Escobar in the seventh.

Colorado has lost 10 of its past 11 on the road.

“It’s a little bit frustrating, but it’s baseball,” said Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela, who took the loss Tuesday after giving up three runs in six-plus innings. “Anything can happen. Just keep going, do the best you can.”

–Field Level Media

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