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Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 24,261

Hoffman, Rockies hope to run past D-backs

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Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies

  1. Colorado has won 11 of the last 15 meetings between these teams, averaging 7.00 runs per game over that stretch. The D-backs won two of three games in Colorado earlier this month, however.
  2. Arizona had a combined 34 runs and 44 hits in a three-game sweep of the Giants in San Francisco over the weekend. That's tied for their most runs in any three-game series all-time; they also scored 34 in a three-game home set with Colorado from September 12-14, 2016.
  3. Colorado is scoring an MLB-high 6.13 runs per game at home this season, but allowing an MLB-high 6.96. The combined 13.09 runs per game scored at Coors Field are nearly two more than the next-closest park (Camden Yards, 11.24).
  4. Nolan Arenado had four home runs and nine RBI in the Rockies' three-game series with Baltimore over the weekend. He's the second Rockie to reach both of those marks in a three-game series all-time, joining Trevor Story (August 2018 vs. Brewers). Arenado has six straight multi-hit games (14/26, .538).
  5. Eduardo Escobar (39), Ketel Marte (37), Adam Jones (33) and David Peralta (30) all have 30 or more RBI. The D-backs are one of four MLB teams with four such players, along with the Cubs, Astros and Royals.
  6. Zack Greinke has walked just 1.1 batters per nine innings this season, and has a 7.4 strikeout-walk ratio. Both figures are second best among MLB ERA qualifiers, to the Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu (0.6 and 15.5).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/27/2019 thru 5/30/2019

Jeff Hoffman struggled in his second start of the season Friday, but he came through for the Colorado Rockies when he delivered the winning run as a pinch runner two days later.

The right-hander hopes to deliver a win when he is on the mound Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He will face left-hander Robbie Ray in the third of a four-game series that wraps up Thursday afternoon.

Hoffman (0-1, 8.10 ERA) was called up Friday from Triple-A Albuquerque to face the Baltimore Orioles. He lasted only five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits but was rescued from a loss by a late Colorado rally.

Then on Sunday, he was sent in to pinch-run in the ninth inning. Hoffman was on third base when Tony Wolters hit a fly ball to left, and he tagged up and scored the winning run.

So even if he hasn't been able to get a victory on the mound, he still helped the team get a victory over the Orioles.

"I was always knew Hoff was going to do something," Wolters joked after the 8-7 decision.

Colorado has won three in a row after beating Arizona 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Hoffman faces a Diamondbacks team he has yet to get a win against in his career. The 26-year-old is 0-2 with a 10.38 ERA in four games (two starts) against Arizona. He owns a 14.21 ERA in two games (one start) vs. the Diamondbacks at Coors Field.

Ray (4-1, 3.26 ERA) is only one year older than Hoffman, but he is a veteran of 13 matchups, all starts, against the Rockies. The only teams he has faced more often are the Los Angeles Dodgers (16 appearances) and the San Diego Padres (14). He is 4-4 with a 5.43 ERA vs. Colorado overall, though he is 2-1 with a 3.69 ERA in six starts at Coors Field.

Ray will try to close out a strong May on a high note, too. He is 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA in five starts in the month, which he began against the Rockies on May 3. He got the victory in that game after the Diamondbacks survived a late rally in the ninth inning, though he allowed five runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings.

Ray is coming off one of his better starts of the season. He held the San Francisco Giants to two runs over 5 1/3 innings and struck out nine in an 18-2 Arizona win on Friday. He retired 13 straight batters at one point, piling up eight of his strikeouts in that span.

"That was me at my best," said Ray, who also showed some skills at the plate with a two-run single.

Ray has yet to pitch beyond the sixth inning in his 11 starts this year, and he is averaging 5 1/3 innings per outing.

A deeper start would help the Diamondbacks, who are still waiting on a second opinion regarding Luke Weaver's forearm strain. The initial diagnosis didn't reveal a major injury, though Weaver was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday.

"I'm going to remain optimistic," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said, according to the Arizona Republic. "I live in the clouds where the rainbows and butterflies fly every single day."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 29, 2019

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