The Rockies avoided the sweep in Arizona Wednesday night as Jeff Francis once again performed the impossible: pitching for strikes.
To see a Rockies starter not only go six full innings, but actually do it with only one run, is a bit of a jolt.
But in a good way.
Sure, he ended up giving up another run in the bottom of the seventh, an inning not seen by a Rockies starter since stirrups went out of vogue, but that didn’t matter since it was only the second run of the game and more than enough to get the win.
Francis left with the very impressive line of: 6 IP | 5 H | 2 R | 4 S.
Both runs were solo home runs.
After the Francis Exit, Ottavino, Belisle and Betancourt combined for three shut-out innings of no-hit baseball, four strike-outs and one walk combined.
Dexter Fowler continued to hit well, starting the game with a lead-off triple and being brought home by a Scutaro sacrifice. They worked together again in the third to score another run with a Fowler single and Scutaro double.
Fowler finished 3-5 with two runs, while Scutaro was 1-1 with 3 RBI’s.
The good didn’t come without some bad, as a completely asinine statement by George Frazier during the game proved how out of touch the booth is with the paying customer. When Jeff Huson commented that the team was especially down after the loss yesterday, quiet in the clubhouse and a general depressed feeling, Frazier went on to say,
The team is one good start away from changing that feeling.
I’m sorry, what??? Has he been watching the same team we have? Does he honestly think that one good start will change the clubhouse into a fun place to be, losing season be damned? If so i think we’ve found our new team President.
The Rockies will head home Thursday and spend the day visiting Aurora shooting victims at the hospital.