The Colorado Rockies team played in a way today that Dick Montfort had envisioned for the 90-win playoff team. Charlie Blackmon started the game with a double which was the beginning of a long day for the Arizona D-backs. Money immediately followed that with a RBI single. In the third inning, Blackmon and Money singled with one out and scored on CarGo’s triple. Tulo brought CarGo home with a run-scoring single. Colorado proceeded to pour it on the rest of the game making the final score 12-2. Blackmon became only the second player in Rockies history to go 6-for-6 or better in a game, joining Big Cat Galarraga. Among his impressive hits were three doubles, two of them off lefties, and a homer. CarGo added a two-run homer off the façade of the third deck to go with his four RBIs. The only position player absent from the hit parade was NoDo who went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
The best move of the young season made by Walt Weiss was removing Tulo with a big lead in the 7th inning when he pinch hit Charlie Culberson for Tulo with the bases juiced. Appropriately enough, he was hit by pitch in the leg. No harm done. Weiss decided he better protect his other big guns by replacing CarGo and Money with Brandon Barmes and Drew Stubbs. Blackmon stayed in the game by moving to left field and he made several running catches of soft flies.
Juan Nicasio had the best start of any Rockies pitcher in 2014 when he tossed seven innings on 88 pitches allowing one run (solo HR by Mark Trumbo) on four hits to go along with six strikeouts and one walk. Nicasio’s performance enabled the bullpen to get a much needed rest. Chad Bettis pitched in the 8th inning giving up a run on two hits. He actually had to work to get four outs; he had a strikeout that was not caught by Baby Bull allowing the hitter to get on first base. Wiltin’ Lopez finished the game without giving up a run despite two hits in which both of them were rollovers with seeing eyes.
The Rockies improved to 2-3 overall and 1-0 at home. Tomorrow Jorge De la Rosa will make his first start since the mental meltdown on opening day. Blackmon is the leader in the OF competition for regular playing time. On the injury front, Boone Logan is expected to join the Rockies Sunday. Tyler Chatwood plans to pitch on April 13th. Jhoulys Chacin will make four rehab starts, two in extended spring training and two in minor league games. He will then be re-evaluated which means he is still on track for late April or early May return.