Thankfully the Rockies didn’t do their best impression of their 2013 selves, the one where they score a lot of runs in the first inning and then go cold the rest of the night, only to watch as the lead slips away into another loss.
After opening the season to a 10-1 beat-down and then following that up with a lackluster loss last night, the Rockies started the game out with both barrels-a-blazin’. The first producing some of the most fun a Rockies fan has had so far this season:
- Blackmon single
- CarGo RBI double
- Tulo single
- Morneau RBI single
- Arenado single
- Pacheco RBI single
The fourth inning was also a bit exciting, but watching Morneau fly out to center with bases loaded sort of was a kill buzz. Still, the Rox scored three more times making it 6-1.
Lyles, making his first start after being called up with Chatwood going on the DL, wasn’t bad at all. He looking in control of the mound for most of the night. His final line wasn’t as impressive as he looked: 5ip, 5h, 4er, 1bb, 5k and 1hr. He might have had a chance to go deeper, but he started the sixth by hitting Dietrich with a pitch, giving up a two-run homer to Stanton and then walking Garrett Jones.
Ottavino replaced him and quickly gave up a double to McGehee before striking out the side. The Marlins did score between his second and third strikeout on a wild pitch though, bringing the score to 6-4.
The sixth inning wasn’t just difficult to watch because of the dwindling lead, but post commercial break going into the inning brought major concern as the camera panned to show Charlie Blackmon chasing down balls in left, CarGo nowhere to be seen.
Speculation about injury swirled.
Thankfully, CarGo came out of the game because of dizziness, possibly due to the big cut/no ball swings he took in the fourth and sixth, resulting in back-to-back strikeouts. He said after the game it was most likely due to dehydration because after some food and water, and a thirty-minute nap, he felt 100% better.
LaTroy Hawkins closed out the game to pick up his first save as the current closer and Lyles earned his first win in purple.