D-backs unable to get much going vs. Moyer

D-backs unable to get much going vs. Moyer

D-backs unable to get much going vs. Moyer
DENVER -- Fresh off a win over the first-place Dodgers the night before, the D-backs came into Coors Field on Wednesday night feeling pretty good about themselves.

Jamie Moyer and the Rockies changed all that.

The crafty left-hander kept the D-backs off balance for much of the night as he pitched the Rockies to a 6-1 victory over the D-backs in front of 32,162.

Much was made about the age difference between the starting pitchers. Moyer, 49, was in his fourth big league season when D-backs lefty Patrick Corbin was born in 1989, but Moyer showed he still had plenty of tricks up his sleeve.

"He got us out on our front foot," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We got a lot of ground balls off him and he had five strikeouts as well. We weren't productive enough with our opportunities and they were."

Indeed, the D-backs were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight runners. The Rockies by contrast were 4-for-7 in those situations and stranded four.

"You've got to put stuff together and that's what we were unable to do tonight," Gibson said. "They were way more productive with their opportunities. They put the ball in play and you've got to give them credit and move on."

It was a frustrating night all around for the D-backs.

First, they were unable to do much against Moyer despite the fact that his fastball fluttered in at around 78 mph.

"He was just mixing it up, keeping the ball down," D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. "He doesn't throw very many pitches up, and even when he misses or gets behind in the count, it's usually two balls that are at your knees or in the dirt, he's not missing up and away. He keeps it down, so even when he gives up hits, they're singles. So it's going to take two or three hits in an inning to get him, and we weren't able to do that."

They had their share of frustration in the field as well.

While the Rockies did hit some balls hard off Corbin, they also benefited from a seeing-eye grounder and most frustrating of all was a two-run infield single by Moyer in the fourth that gave the Rockies a 5-0 lead.

"I thought I made some good pitches and they found some spots," said Corbin, who fell to 2-2. "That's kind of how baseball goes. I felt like I got ahead of some guys and made some decent pitches and a couple got through."

Moyer came to bat with two outs in the fourth and runners on second and third. He hit a tapper toward first and there was a moment where Corbin and Goldschmidt seemed undecided on who would field the ball. Goldschmidt picked it up and dove to tag Moyer.

Replays show he may have just brushed Moyer, but first-base umpire Jim Reynolds ruled Moyer safe and in the process both Jordan Pacheco and Dexter Fowler scored to put the Rockies up 5-0.

"I thought I got a piece of him," Goldschmidt said. "It wasn't one of those plays where I crushed his leg or anything like that. That's just how it goes sometimes."

Said Moyer, "I didn't feel him tag me."

The D-backs were not able to push a run across against Moyer until the seventh when John McDonald led off with a double and one out later he came in to score on a double by pinch-hitter Cody Ransom.

Ransom's hit chased Moyer from the game with the lefty having allowed six hits and two walks while striking out five.

"It's all about trying to create a tempo and force early contact," Moyer said. "Tonight, it was a great opportunity and they hit a lot of balls at people."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.