Tonight marks the 20th anniversary of the very first game in franchise history. The Rockies defeated the Montreal Expos 11-4 in front of 80,227 fans which is still a MLB record for an opener. Eric Young, Sr. hit a dramatic home run leading off the bottom of the first inning on a 3-2 count. Other game notes from that day as contributed by Marc Stout:
* It was the only game in his career that Eric Young, Sr. went four for four with four runs scored while driving in at least two runs. He had four hits and four runs only one other time in his career.
* Vinny Castilla made his Rockies debut as a defensive replacement at SS in the seventh inning. He grounded out in his only AB, his first as a Rockie.
* Dante Bichette hit the first sacrifice fly in the franchise history in the game and stole his first base as a Rockie. He was replaced in RF in the 8th inning by future Hall of Famer Dale Murphy.
* Every Rockies starting player had a hit except for the starting pitcher, Bryn Smith.
* The Expos scored all of their runs in the ninth inning, three of them coming on a two-out three-run homer by ex-Rockie Mike Lansing. It was the first homer of his career which came off Steve Reed. On a side note, the first three homers allowed by Reed in his career were all three-run shots. Lansing’s last big league HR, a three-run blast, came on 08/18/2001 when he was with the Red Sox. Bichette was on base when he scored on Lansing’s final homer.
The Rockies have clubbed at least one home run in each of the first seven games, one off the team’s record streak (8 in 2010) to open the season. In addition, the Rockies lead all MLB teams with a .908 OPS. The team owns an on-base percentage of .368 and a slugging percentage of .539.
The pitching staff issued just one walk or less three times in the first seven games. Colorado has walked just 16 batters, two of them intentional, this season which is tied for second fewest in the National League.
10:15pm (J. Nicasio – R)
@ Giants (T. Lincecum – R)
1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Josh Rutledge (R) 2B
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
4. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
5. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
6. Todd Helton (L) 1B
7. Wilin Rosario (R) C
8. Chris Nelson (R) 3B
9. Juan Nicasio (R) P
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