Jackson, D-backs overwhelmed by Rox
Righty bows out after allowing 10 runs in 2 1/3 innings
DENVER -- There's really no way to sugarcoat this one, and to his credit, D-backs manager A.J. Hinch did not even try.
"That was pretty ugly from the beginning," Hinch said. "They beat us up. It was a bad night."
Indeed, the Rockies scored early and often against Edwin Jackson as they cruised to a 12-1 win over the D-backs on Tuesday night in front of 24,112 at Coors Field.
The Rockies never let Jackson (1-2) get settled in. They scored three times in the first, four in the second and four in the third to grab an 11-0 lead.
Of those 11 runs, 10 were charged to Jackson, the most he has allowed in a game in his career. The right-hander's previous career high was eight, which he allowed in a five-inning stint Oct. 2, 2009.
"You have to have short-term memory in this game," Jackson said. "The only thing you can do is go out and battle, and if it's not your day that day you just tip your hat and get ready for the next one."
The results were disappointing given that Jackson had settled in and pitched well for seven innings after a rough first inning in his last start against the Cardinals in Chase Field.
"It's baseball," Jackson said. "It's hard to go out there and be dominant every game. Of course nobody is trying to not be dominant, but it's just one of those things you have to take in stride. As far as I'm concerned, the game is over. There's nothing I can do about it to change it. Just get ready for the next one."
Some of the Rockies hits were ground balls that found holes, but others were hit pretty hard.
"Early on I felt like he was down in the [strike] zone and gave up a couple of ground-ball hits," Hinch said. "Then they just got after him. They hit every pitch. It wasn't just offspeed, it wasn't just fastballs, it was anything he threw up there. It was either finding a hole or getting hit hard, it was a mixture of everything. He just couldn't get them to hit the ball at a fielder. It just wasn't his night plain and simple."
Finally, with one out in the third, Hinch took Jackson out.
"It was just one of those days where regardless of what you threw up there it was hit somewhere, whether it was hit hard or well placed," Jackson said. "It's one of those days where you really can't dwell on it."
An 11-run lead is tough enough to overcome, but it's darn near impossible when the opposition has a pitcher the caliber of Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound.
Jimenez, who tossed a no-hitter April 17 in Atlanta, came into the game riding a 16 1/3 scoreless-inning streak and left six innings later with it at 22 1/3 and in the process improved his record to 5-0.
"Jimenez was pretty impressive," Hinch said. "He's the real deal. He had that lead and he kind of had us in the palm of his hand. He's got a good fastball, he's throwing a lot of changeups, more offspeed. He's pretty nasty. He's as good as there is out there."
On the plus side for the D-backs, the blowout margin allowed Hinch to get some of his nicked-up players like Adam LaRoche, Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds out of the game early. The team also got to give relievers Blaine Boyer, Aaron Heilman and Bob Howry some much-needed work.
Other than that, this was one the men wearing Sedona Red wanted to put behind them.
"We got beat pretty handily," Hinch said. "You take it as a loss and you move on."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.