Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray leaves the game as manager Bud Black makes the call to the bullpen in the second inning of the N.L. Wild Card game at Chase Field in Phoenix (Photo: Christian Peterson/Getty Images)
In the end, the hole was too deep for the Colorado Rockies to dig out of.
As a result, the Rockies fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 11-8, in the National League Wild Card game at Chase Field in Phoenix on Wednesday night.
The D'backs chased Rockies starter Jon Gray after one-and-one-third innings, the shortest outing of his career. Gray allowed four runs on seven hits.
After falling behind 6-0, the Rockies put up a four-spot in the fourth inning, highlighted by RBI base hits by Gerardo Parra, Jonathan Lucroy and Alexi Amarista.
After closing to within 6-5 in the top of the seventh, the Rockies saw D'backs reliever Archie Bradley drill a two-run triple to left-center in the bottom half of the inning.
Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the eighth but again, the pitching faltered in the bottom of the eighth, when the D'backs answered with three runs.
The Diamondbacks move on to play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division series. The Rockies season ends after their fourth-ever playoff appearance and first since 2009.
In the clubhouse after the loss, KOA NewsRadio's Mike Rice spoke with Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Pitcher Jon Gray spoke with Mike.
Mike caught up with outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Mike spoke with shortstop Trevor Story.