ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Late-inning collapses for Kelly, Bradley in D-backs’ loss to Rockies

May 28, 2019, 9:25 PM | Updated: 9:26 pm

Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Butcher, left, confers with starting pitcher Merrill Kelly...

Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Butcher, left, confers with starting pitcher Merrill Kelly as first baseman Christian Walker, right, looks on after Kelly gave up an RBI double to Colorado Rockies' Daniel Murphy in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

With his starting pitcher at over 100 pitches on Tuesday evening, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo elected to keep Merrill Kelly in a 2-2 game for the bottom of the seventh against Colorado.

The decision for Lovullo came after a seven-pitch at-bat to Rockies center fielder Ian Desmond that ended with Desmond taking pitch No. 101 by Kelly to center for a single.

The call to pull Kelly arguably should have come six innings and 87 pitches in for the starter, but Desmond’s single was surely the signal for the end of his night.

Alas, Lovullo kept Kelly in to face former D-back Chris Iannetta, and the catcher’s two-run homer on pitch No. 104 for Kelly was the difference in a 6-2 D-backs loss.

Lovullo after the game said he had a tired bullpen and believed in Kelly for the spot.

“I felt like he was in command of the baseball game,” Lovullo said.

“I’ll never put a starting pitcher in a situation where I don’t think he will be in the best possible situation,” he said.

Yoan Lopez threw a full inning in Monday’s loss while Yoshihisa Hirano (0.2 IP), Archie Bradley (0.1 IP), Matt Andriese (1.0 IP) and Andrew Chafin (one batter faced) all made appearances as well.

Kelly exited after that long ball and new addition Stefan Crichton ended the seventh.

Struggling right-hander Bradley entered at that point for the eighth inning. Bradley walked the bases loaded before Colorado second baseman Ryan McMahon brought home two of those runners with a double, effectively ending the game at a four-run difference heading into the ninth.

“He wasn’t commanding the baseball,” Lovullo said of Bradley.

Eduardo Escobar’s solo homer in the third and RBI single in the fifth were responsible for Arizona’s lone two runs.

The D-backs have lost seven of their last 10 games. They are back in action on Wednesday when Robbie Ray takes the mound at 5:40 p.m. in Colorado on ESPN 620 AM.

Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story heads out to the batting cage to warm up before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Rockies shortstop Brendan Rodgers, right, and center fielder Yonathan Daza warm up before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Ketel Marte warms up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela works against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar follows the flight of his sacrifice fly off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Rockies' David Dahl flies out against Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar follows the flight of his solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela reacts after giving up a solo home run to Arizona Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela fields a ground ball off the bat of Arizona Diamondbacks' Adam Jones in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar celebrates as he circles the bases after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela in the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly, front, looks for the throw from catcher Alex Avila as Colorado Rockies' Raimel Tapia scores on a passed ball in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Rockies' Daniel Murphy follows the flight of his RBI-double off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Butcher, left, confers with starting pitcher Merrill Kelly as first baseman Christian Walker, right, looks on after Kelly gave up an RBI double to Colorado Rockies' Daniel Murphy in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado scores a double hit by Daniel Murphy off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte scores on a single hit by Eduardo Escobar off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond, center, argues with home plate umpire John Libka after he called out Desmond on strikes in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila, right, looks on. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, second from left, confers with starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela after he walked Arizona Diamondbacks' Alex Avila in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Rockies' Chris Iannetta follows the flight of his two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. Colorado won 6-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Colorado Rockies' Chris Iannetta follows the flight of his two-run home run as he heads up the first base line off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Denver. Colorado won 6-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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