Ahhh, what a difference a year makes! While last year’s home opener against San Francisco Giants started out like today’s: sold-out crowd, fireworks and balloons and of course anticipation of the win, it was today’s home opener that actually delivered on that promise.
Instead of losing 0-7 to the hated Giants, the Rockies came out and continue their winning ways against the Padres, taking the home opener with the final score of 5-2 and extending their win streak to three.
Jeff Francis pitched masterfully, the way he has been doing pretty much since all of last year, but it was the bats that didn’t fall asleep that made for very fun game. Francis pitched through six, with a final line of 5H, 1R, 1W and 5K’s. He took the win, the second starting Rockies pitcher in as many games and a rarity compared to last season. Nicasio, who picked up the win 0n Wednesday, hadn’t won a single-game outside of Coors Field in his career until he beat the Brewers.
Ottavino came in relief of Francis and pitched two pretty good innings, only giving up one in-earned run. Betancourt closed out the game for a second save of the season.
Dexter Fowler continued to show that his spring was not a fluke, as he hit Another home run, leading the Rockies with three. Tulo, in his post game comments, said (in essence) that Dex is doing well with the long ball, but he shouldn’t forget he is a lead-off guy and needs to be sure he gets on base first and foremost.
Not to be outdone with giving up the souvenirs, Wilin Rosario hit his second home run of the year to left-center in the bottom of the fourth to take the score to 4-1.
It was a great day at the park, nice to have the boys win one for the crowd – all 49,077 of them.