The Rockies had a forgettable opening game after a pitching duel that lasted just four innings. The score was 1-0 in favor of the Marlins on a Marcell Ozuna home run when the game got away from Colorado in the fifth inning. Ozuna doubled to lead off the inning and the relationship between JDLR and Baby Bull started to get testy. Jorge was shaking off a lot of pitch calls by Rosario and wasn’t too happy when pitching coach Jim Wright made the visit. After the visit, the Marlins scored five, one, zero, and three runs over the last four innings. I can only guess that JDLR lost confidence in Rosario’s game calling. This is what I think happened: Ozuma homered and doubled on low and inside pitches which was right in his wheelhouse. JDLR did not want to go back there but Rosario kept insisting on the same pitch. I get the feeling the JDLR did his homework but Rosario did not leading to poor game calling. Note: The scouting report said that Ozuna loves low fastballs. That’s exactly what he got on the home run and double.
Wilton Lopez after looking good and refreshed in spring training came in to clean up the mess and the 2013 version Lopez only added to the mess. Several line drives and fly balls allowed the Fish to run away with the game. Chad Bettis came in to pitch the eighth inning and he quickly learned tonight that the fastballs won’t intimidate the major league hitters. During spring training Bettis was dominating the AAA and AAAA hitters but didn’t have much chance to face the major league hitters. He gave up three runs on several doubles. The Fish did something that the Rockies rarely did last year; once they score some runs they kept adding on instead of putting the bats away.
The only good part about the game tonight is that CarGo is already on MVP pace. Cuddyer looked comfortable hitting in the two hole. The Rockies need to quickly wipe the slate clean for tomorrow night as they will face yet another excellent pitcher in Nathan Eovaldi.