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Snap Judgments: MLB Game of the Week (Rockies at D-backs, 07.02.17)

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Though he did not figure in the decision, Taijuan Walker pitched a gem for Arizona, only allowing two runs (one earned) over seven innings and striking out eight. (Sammantha-Maria Herbaugh/ALOST)
Though he did not figure in the decision today, Taijuan Walker pitched a gem for Arizona, only allowing two runs (one earned) over seven innings and striking out eight Rockies hitters. (Sammantha-Maria Herbaugh/ALOST)

 

PHOENIX — With each passing day, the offseason trade by the Arizona Diamondbacks with Seattle continues to yield dividends.

Infielder Ketel Marte singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the D-backs, who blew a lead in the top half of the frame, defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-3 to take the three-game series between the National League West rivals and pennant contenders.

One of the bigger moves during the Winter Meetings last fall involved Arizona and Seattle, when the Diamondbacks traded infielder Jean Segura and top prospect Mitch Haniger to the Mariners, with one of the pieces Arizona received being Marte, who was batting .338 with 41 RBI in 70 games at Triple-A Reno before being called up five days ago. With one out in the ninth and the game knotted, Brandon Drury singled and Chris Iannetta followed with a double to put runners on second and third, with both hits coming off releiver Adam Ottavino. Marte then hit a 1-2 sinker off of new pitcher Chris Rusin to the warning track in left field to give the Diamondbacks their third walk-off victory in the now-completed 10-game home stand.

The other player the Diamondbacks received in that offseason trade was today’s starting pitcher, Taijuan Walker, regarded as a top-10 prospect in all of baseball before making his debut with the Mariners in 2013. Walker continued his good run of late, pitching seven innings and only allowing one earned run (two runs total) while striking out eight Rockies hitters. He left the game with a chance to win after a Drury run-scoring double brought home Jake Lamb in the bottom of the sixth to give Arizona a 3-2 lead.

Fernando Rodney came in to try and close the door in the ninth, but, after retiring the first hitter, Rodney allowed three consecutive singles. The third of those base hits came from the bat of All-Star Charlie Blackmon, scoring pinch runner Tyler Chatwood to tie the score at three.

Arizona first went ahead in the game after Chris Owings’ 12th home run, a two-run shot off of Rockies starter German Márquez for a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth.

Arizona ended its home stand at 6-4, winning three out of four against the Philadelphia Phillies before losing two of three to the St. Louis Cardinals.

*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from today’s game, with all photos taken by Arizona-based photographer Sammantha-Maria Herbaugh. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 29 pictures in total.

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