Three hours before the first pitch Saturday, the Rockies were screaming at each other. There was tension.
It took a team stretch to break up the razzing. Or the end of the Chicago Bulls-Brooklyn Nets game on the big-screen TV. The players turned the couch in the visiting clubhouse into a sports bar, railing each other, while marveling at the shots from Nate Robinson and Joe Johnson.
Such levity should be a welcomed antidote after the Rockies' oddest, if not ugliest game of the season. The Rockies weren't a team, they were magicians, mysteriously making rallies disappear with poor at-bats, awful baserunning and bad luck.
Yet somehow they forced extra innings with the Diamondbacks. after nine innings at Chase Field.
In the 10th, A.J. Pollock singled, stole second and advanced to third on catcher Wilin Rosario's wild throw into center field. Cody Ross then lifted a 400-foot fly to center field. He flipped his bat in celebration.
"It was a strange game," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "I don't know that I've ever seen four walks in an inning without a run. Jeff (Francis) did his job, the bullpen did their job; our offense just didn't do its job tonight."
The score was simple. Explaining it was the hard part.
The Rockies walked four times in the first inning and didn't cross the plate. If that seems rare, it's because it is. Wade Miley made history with that escape. He's the first D-backs pitcher to issue four walks in a frame and not allow a run. Forgettable as the first was, the eighth was arguably worse.
In a tie game, second baseman Josh Rutledge was part of a three-out at-bat, even though the ball was only in play once.