The late, great Vin Scully once said: “You don’t need an official scorer at Coors Field. You need a certified public accountant.”
He forgot to add a surveyor and a psychologist for the pitchers.
There were eight home runs hit in the Rockies’ 13-10 victory over Arizona on a chilly, misty Friday night at Coors. Colorado won the game on Elias Diaz’s walk-off, three-run homer off lefty Caleb Smith.
It was Diaz’s second homer of the night and the fifth launched by the Rockies.
Included in the barrage was Colorado first baseman C.J. Cron’s two-run homer off Keynan Middleton in the fourth inning that traveled an estimated 504 feet, tied for the second-longest homer of the Statcast Era (since 2015).
Cron’s titanic homer, which flew over the left-field concourse and possibly cleared the Toyota Tundra truck perched on a platform, tied Giancarlo Stanton’s blast as the longest in Coors Field history. Stanton, playing for Miami at the time, hit his homer on Aug. 6. 2016 in the fifth inning off Chad Bettis.
On the strength of two solo home runs by Ryan McMahon, a two-run blast by Elias Diaz and Cron’s monster shot, the Rockies led the game 8-1 entering the fifth inning. But then the Diamondbacks lit up starter German Marquez and reliever Austin Gomber, scoring nine runs on six hits to take a 10-8 lead.
Marquez, who appeared to be back on track, melted down. He served up a leadoff homer to Corbin Carroll, gave up three singles, hit a batter., and walked two, including issuing a free pass to Ketel Marte to force in a run.
Gomber came on with the bases loaded and saw Daulton Varshow hit Gomber’s first-pitch slider over the right-center field wall for a grand slam.
Marquez was excellent in his last two starts against the Mets and the Reds, but both of those games were on the road. Coors Field has eaten him alive this season. He has a 6.78 ERA with 19 homers given up in 15 starts in LoDo.