Rockies drop series opener to Dbacks, 9-3, as Antonio Senzatela exits early


Two batters into Friday’s series opener against the Diamondbacks, it was clear something was up with Antonio Senzatela.

And two innings into the game, it felt like the outcome was already decided.

Senzatela’s departure with a shoulder issue after a couple frames of work left the bullpen to hold the fort and the offense to pick up the slack, neither of which happened in a 9-3 defeat at Coors Field.

“I felt like my shoulder was super tight as soon as I threw the first pitch warming up before the game,” Senzatela said. “It was really tight and felt like something wasn’t normal. I was thinking hopefully it would go away after I warmed up, but it never went away. After every pitch, it bothered me a lot. I wanted to pitch more but (the coaching staff) felt it was best for me to come out.”

Manager Bud Black said the Rockies will re-examine Senzatela on Saturday. It’s the second straight game a Rockies pitcher has been pulled due to injury, as German Marquez was yanked from his start in the fourth inning on Wednesday against Los Angeles due to a cut on his right thumb. Black said he expects Marquez to make his next scheduled start.

“(Saturday) we’ll know a little bit more (about Senzatela) and see how it looks 24 hours later,” Black said.

The Diamondbacks jumped on the Rockies quickly, needing only four pitches to plate a run off the inconsistent Senzatela. Josh Rojas led off with a double and Alek Thomas followed with an RBI triple. Christian Walker then singled Thomas home to make it 2-0.


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