Phoenix – Antonio Sentella’s sweet season ended on a sour note.
And the Rockies went berserk in October, losing 11-2 to Diamondbacks on Saturday night. De Becks, who has already lost 110 games, continued to lose five games.
Arizona chased down Colorado’s pitch for 17 hits, including eight doubles, which lifted the De Becks franchise. Eight doubles were allowed, the most by the Rockies in their history. This has happened 11 times.
Sentella had played at least six innings in nine consecutive games, eight of them starting quality. Right-hander Kyle Freeland was included as Colorado’s most reliable starter in the final third of the season.
But Diamondback outscored Sentella by six runs in the first innings.
Sentella, in fact, never survived. Manager Bud Blake hooked Sanctilla’s Pavin Smith one out after he walked.
Centella’s two-thirds innings made the shortest start of his career. The last low-water mark was the start of the 1/3-innings at the New York Yankees on July 29, 2019, in which he was accused of scoring six runs.
Smith led the first with a single and the second on a wild pitch. Sentella retired to Kettle Marte and Dolton Warsaw, and then the floodgates opened, beginning with Christian Walker’s run-scoring double. After four hits and two walks, Sentella was still looking for No. 3.
The right-hander finished season 4-10 with a career-high 28 starts with a 4.42 ERA.
There were a couple of good news swings in Colorado’s final game of the season.
Sam Hilliard left Arizona starter Zack Galen with a solo home run in third place. It was Hilliard’s second consecutive game with Homer and the outfielder has scored 14 home runs this season, including five homers in his last 11 road games.
Backup catcher Dom Nunez launched Homer for the second night in a row. He led the fifth with a solo homer, from gallon to the right field, the 10th homer of the Nunes season.
Diamondbacks also teased longtime Julius Chasson. He scored three runs in the third, including a Geraldo Pardomo triple, a walk by Smith, and a two-run double by Marte.
The 74-86 Rockies ended their season at Chase Field on Sunday afternoon. Due to rain on their last road trip in Atlanta – a game they never made – the Rockies will only play 161 games this season.
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The Rockies have not officially announced their starter for the end of the season on Sunday, and manager Bud Blake said it was likely to be a “bullpen game”. Still, right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez came off the injured list on Saturday and will probably open the game and play three or four innings. Gonzalez is 3-7 with 6.50 ERA and 1.525 WHIP at 23 games (18 starts).
Trending: Veteran right-fielder Charlie Blackmon entered the final game of the season on Saturday night and reached the base safely in 13 consecutive games, lowering .313 / .411 / .417 in a row.
On issue: It was a tough final home stand (3 for 22 with eight strikeouts) for outfielder Garrett Hampson, who is fighting for more time to play. He realizes that he needs more consistency on the plate to get started. He had entered the .255 / .315 / .441 slashing game in 34 games since August 18.