For most of the season, Arizona's Wade Miley has made a convincing case for NL Rookie of the Year honors, but he's had a rough stretch in September.
Miley looks to close the season on a high note Monday night when the Diamondbacks open a three-game home series against the Colorado Rockies .
It's been an impressive season for Miley (16-11, 3.32 ERA), who gets one more shot at joining five other pitchers - including CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander - as the only rookies to win 17 games since 1986.
However, after entering September with a 2.85 ERA, Miley is 2-2 with a 5.90 ERA in his last five starts. He gave up four runs and six hits in four innings of a 6-0 loss at San Francisco on Wednesday.
"I'm frustrated in myself," Miley said. "I wasn't locating my fastball and missing down."
Miley was attempting to become the first NL rookie to reach 17 wins since Cincinnati's Tom Browning in 1985.
The left-hander wasn't much better in previous start against the Rockies on Sept. 21. He allowed five runs and 10 hits - matching a season high - in six innings of a 15-5 win.
"I want to just go out and compete, and hope for the best and not put too much thought into (the game)," Miley told the Diamondbacks' official website regarding his final start. "I think that's what's gotten me into trouble lately, thinking a little too much. I just have to clear my mind and go out and compete like I did the first 25 starts."
He takes the mound after Arizona (80-79) took two of three from Chicago over the weekend. The Diamondbacks lost 7-2 Sunday after giving up four runs in the sixth.
Arizona is 9-6 against Colorado this season, winning three of four last week in Denver.
Paul Goldschmidt had two hits Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 10 games - he's hitting .361 (13 for 36) during that span - and is batting .321 (17 for 53) with two homers, seven doubles and 11 RBIs against the Rockies this year.
Colorado (62-97) comes to Chase Field having lost nine straight - and 14 of 15 - away from home. It was swept in Los Angeles over the weekend, losing 7-1 Sunday after being shut out in the previous two games.
There was one bright spot courtesy of Rafael Ortega, who had finished the season in Class-A Modesto and was playing in the Arizona instructional league when he was called up Sunday. The 21-year-old had two hits and reached base four times in his major league debut.
The Rockies, who have dropped 12 of 16 overall, have already surpassed the club record for losses. They haven't lost 10 in a row on the road since a franchise-record 13-game skid in 2008.
The victory was his first since July 6, ending a 13-game winless streak.
"In the starts before I was trying to make too good of pitches. I tried to slow things down and keep it simple and throw strikes," Pomeranz said. "Let them hit it, let them get themselves out instead of trying to throw the perfect pitch."
The left-hander is 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA in two starts against the Diamondbacks this year, giving up nine runs in 7 1-3 innings.
|September 10, 2012||Ramon Hernandez||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hamstring strain|
|August 22, 2012||Dexter Fowler||Day-to-Day||Left game - right ankle injury|
|August 20, 2012||Eric Young||15-Day DL||Left intercostal strain|
|August 19, 2012||Michael Cuddyer||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|August 19, 2012||Josh Rutledge||Day-to-Day||Left game - left quad tightness|
|August 14, 2012||Drew Pomeranz||Day-to-Day||Chest soreness|
|September 28, 2012||Paul Goldschmidt||Day-to-Day||Sore back|
|September 11, 2012||J.J. Putz||Day-to-Day||Stiff back|
|August 30, 2012||Chris Johnson||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|August 21, 2012||Justin Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Tight hamstring|
|August 17, 2012||Jason Kubel||Day-to-Day||Neck stiffness|
|August 14, 2012||Takashi Saito||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
PHOENIX (AP) -- Chris Nelson and his Colorado teammates can take some small satisfaction that the Rockies will avoid losing 100 games this season.
Nelson drove home Tyler Colvin to start a four-run rally in the 13th inning and the Rockies held off Arizona 7-5 on Monday night. The victory assured Colorado wouldn't reach 100 losses.
"Nobody wants to lose 100 games in a season," Nelson said. "Now that that's over with we just want to finish the season strong."
Nelson, who finished 3 for 6 with a double and a run scored, said many Rockies players are beginning the regular spring competition for jobs several months early.
"Guys are out there fighting for positions now," Nelson said. "We have a lot of guys coming back next year and you want to be on the 25-man (roster)."
Colvin led off the 13th with a ground-rule double off Brad Bergesen (2-1), and Nelson followed with a looping single to center. Charlie Blackmon later added a bases-loaded, RBI single off Mike Zagurski , the Diamondbacks' seventh pitcher. Nelson scored on a fielder's choice, and Matt McBride came home on a wild pitch to complete the rally.
"You look at the bullpen - 5 1-3 (innings), seven hits, four runs but four walks," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson . "That is just a killer and very indicative of what we haven't done. The walks really hurt us."
Josh Outman (1-3) allowed two runs, walked two and struck out two in 2/3 of an inning for the win.
Josh Roenicke recorded the final two outs for his first career save in his 127th appearance despite issuing a bases-loaded, one-out walk to Konrad Schmidt and a sacrifice fly to Chris Johnson .
"We certainly shouldn't have done what we did in the bottom of the 13th," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "To give up three or four base on balls ... I can't comprehend that. I can't compute that."
Blackman finished with four hits including a double.
Paul Goldschmidt sent the game into extra innings when he homered off Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt with one out in the ninth to make it 3-all.
The Rockies scored twice in the eighth to take a 3-2 lead against Arizona starter Wade Miley .
Blackmon reached on an infield single and was sacrificed to second. Miley struck out Jordan Pacheco for the second out but Josh Rutledge lined a double off the wall in right-center to tie the game at 2.
"Winning that game in that fashion definitely felt good," Rutledge said.
Colvin doubled just inside the right-field line, scoring Rutledge for Colorado's first lead.
Miley, making his franchise-record 29th start as a rookie, allowed the three runs and six hits over 7 2-3 innings. He struck out a career-high 10 and did not walk a batter for the second time in three starts.
"I didn't make some pitches there in the end," said Miley, who plans to be sitting in a deer stand come this weekend. "I have to forget about those things now and take the positives into the offseason."
Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz nearly matched Miley during his five-inning stint.
Pomeranz allowed two runs and three hits - the two solo home runs and a third-inning single by John McDonald . He walked two and matched a career high with seven strikeouts.
Aaron Hill gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead two batters into the game with his 25th home run. Gerardo Parra made it 2-0 when he led off the fifth inning with his first home run in just over three months.
NOTES: The game was the longest in innings for either team this season and the Diamondbacks' longest home game in time. ... Goldschmidt returned to the lineup after missing three games with a sore back. . Rockies OF Rafael Ortega , who made his major league debut on Sunday, pinch-hit for Pomeranz in the sixth. ... Pomeranz finishes the season 1-4 on the road but was far better than his past three starts, in which he allowed five runs in 10 innings. ... Miley struck out the side in the third on nine pitches, the second player to accomplish the feat in the majors this season and the third player in Diamondbacks history following Randy Johnson and Byung-Hyun Kim. ... Parra's home run was his first since June 19 against Seattle, a span of 189 at-bats. ... LHP Patrick Corbin (6-8) takes the mound for Arizona on Tuesday against Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-5). Corbin, who was 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA in four straight early August starts, has gone 1-4 with a 6.94 ERA in his past seven appearances. Chacin is 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA against the Diamondbacks, 2-1 at Chase Field.