The Rockies had a simple formula: quality start and play when ahead. That translated to a 8-0 victory over Arizona D-backs. The home runs got Colorado started on offense, jumping out to a 5-0 lead before using small ball to increase their lead to 8-0.
Ryan Raburn and Nick Hundley had solo blasts to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Later Tulo2.7 slammed a two-run shot followed by NoDo’s blast to make the score 5-0. Tulo2.7 tied the record for most HRs in April by a rookie with ten. Then the Rockies played small ball to increase the lead to 9-0.
Chatty went 6.1 innings of shutout ball before giving way to Gonzalez Germen who kept the shutout alive. Justin Miller pitched the eighth to continue the shutout. That gives Walt Weiss a chance to bring out the worst pitcher in Gopherg for the last inning in a very low leverage situation. And Tony Wolters came in as a pinch hitter to hit his first career double and he stayed in at second base. You know Colorado has a great night when Gopherg almost (walk) goes 1-2-3 to complete the shutout.
Colorado maintained a winning record on the road. The irony is that Arizona also has a winning record on the road, but a losing record at home. Maybe Colorado and Arizona should swap their home ball parks?
Jason Motte, Tyler Anderson, and Adam Ottavino were all seen in the dugout tonight. Good omen? Tomorrow night Colorado faces Zack Greinke.