Matt Davidson slammed a three-run home run in a four-run third inning and the Diamondbacks pounded the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday night. RHP Trevor Cahill gave up just one run in 5 2/3 innings the fifth consecutive start he’s allowed three earned runs or less. Davidson’s blast: With runners on first and second in the third Davidson got a belt-high 2-2 fastball from Rockies RHP Collin McHugh and sent it out to dead center field. It was his second home run and Davidson again pointed to a simplified approach at the plate for helping him have success. “I guess you could (call it a) tweak” he said. “I’m just not leg-kicking any more. Just taking a small little step and getting my foot down … and it’s feeling comfortable right now. It’s giving me just a better chance to be on time every pitch.” Dangerous start: Cahill endured a couple of scares in the first inning but wound up coming away unscathed both physically and on the scoreboard. After Charlie Blackmon shot a leadoff double to right field D.J. LeMahieu lined a ball off Cahill’s right hip for an infield single. The ball hit him in the same spot as the line drive by Miami’s Marcell Ozuna on June 19; Ozuna’s ball forced him out of the game and eventually landed him on the disabled list two weeks later. This time Cahill came away with just a bruise. “It wasn’t as bad though” he said. “It kind of glanced off. It was kind of sore for a couple of innings and actually felt better as the game went along.” He got out of the first-and-third jam by retiring Corey Dickerson (strikeout) Todd Helton (lineout to short) and Charlie Culberson (strikeout). More good defense: Cahill benefitted from a pair of nice defensive plays in the second inning. With one out Jordan Pacheco hit a ball that looked like it would sneak through the infield but shortstop Willie Bloomquist came up with the ball spun and fired to first for the out.
Diamondbacks strike early to defeat Rockies 7-2
Arizona Republic | Sep 22