PHOENIX — DJ LeMahieu’s fourth-inning RBI single was the difference as the Rockies finished the worst season in their history with an almost fireworks-free 2-1 victory over the D-backs on Wednesday at Chase Field in front of 24,344.
With good pitching on both sides, including five innings of one-run ball from Rockies lefty Jeff Francis (6-7), neither team mounted much offense. But Rockies rookie outfielder Andrew Brown at least provided excitement during his eighth-inning at-bat.
With David Hernandez pitching, Brown checked a swing and appeared to be hit on his right wrist. However, home plate umpire Mark Ripperger ruled that the pitch caromed off Brown’s bat. Brown left his bat on the dirt and argued. Manager Jim Tracy emerged from the dugout for a lengthy discussion.
When Brown struck out, he spiked the bat much the way a running back would slam the football after a touchdown, and finished his rookie season with his first Major League ejection.
The victory left the Rockies at 64-98, last in the National League West. The D-backs finished third in the division at 81-81.