Trevor Story hit his fourth HR of the year, a two-run blast to left centerfield. DJLM shockingly drilled a solo homer to stake Tyler Chatwood to a 3-0 lead in the early going. Chatwood gave the Rockies a much needed quality start going 6.1 innings. and giving up two runs, one earned. He ran out of gas in the seventh, giving way to Miguel Castro. He got one out and walked Paul Goldschmidt with first base open.
With the bases loaded and the score 4-2 (Rox tacked on one more run on a Ryan Raburn homer in the top of the inning), Walt Weiss was able to manipulate the bullpen the way he wanted to by giving the ball to Boone Logan to get the final out and preserve the 4-2 lead. Logan came back out in the eighth to get the lefty hitter and got his job done. Chad Qualls took the ball for the last two outs of the eighth and Jake McGee despite giving up a solo shot earned the save for a 4-3 final.
There is a disturbing trend by the offense. The last two games all of the runs were scored via the home runs. Home runs are very nice but the Rockies need to manufacture runs especially out on the road. The bad: Brandon Barnes had a TOOTBLAN and Chatwood threw the ball off line trying to start a double play on a comebacker during a mini-rally by Arizona in the third. The good: by picking up Raburn and Mark Reynolds, Rox can handle southpaws better.
The Rockies win the opening series and are 1-0 in series play. That is impressive considering that Arizona ran out Zach Greinke, Shelby Miller, and Patrick Corbin. They come home to a raucous crowd on Friday to take on the Padres who remain scoreless in the first three games. If the Padres break out their bats this weekend, the spotlight will be on the rotation and how bad they have been.