The Colorado Rockies got right after it Monday night at Coors Field in Denver. They scored 5 times in the 1st inning against St Louis Cardinals starter John Lackey (4-4, 3.74), then added another 5 in the 4th to run away from the Cardinals 11-3. Colorado pounded-out 16 hits and got RBI from 6 different hitters in a contest that was played without weather delays in 2 hours and 39 minutes.
David Hale (2-0, 4.12) got the win for the Rockies. The right-hander went 7 innings in his 3rd Colorado start and surrendered all 3 St Louis runs on 6 hits with 7 strikeouts. He didn’t walk a batter and navigated the start on 90 pitches, 59 strikes.
Kolten Wong booted Charlies Blackmon’s leadoff ground ball in the 1st to get the Rockies started. DJ LeMahieu, who was 3 for 5, singled to right and then Troy Tulowitzki lined the 4th pitch he saw from Lackey into the left-field pavilion. Carlos Gonzalez followed the home run with a single to center, then after Nolan Arenado popped-out Ben Paulsen, Nick Hundley and Brandon Barnes singled, Gonzalez scoring on Hundley’s single, Paulsen on Barnes.’
In the 4th Blackmon singled with one out and scored when LeMahieu lifted a double over the head of center-fielder Jon Jay, who’d been playing ridiculously short. Tulo singled to knock LeMahieu to 3rd and Gonzalez drove him home with a sacrifice fly. Arenado drove his homer high into the pavilion in left-center, making it 9-1, then Paulsen, who was a home run short of a cycle, tripled down the line in right. Hundley grounded a hot one to 3rd-base that Matt Carpenter couldn’t handle, and Paulsen trotted home.
Hale appears to be a bit prone to the gopher ball. He’s given-up 5 in his last 2 starts, but he likes to do it with nobody on. Wong lined one into the Rockies bullpen leading-off the 4th, and Jay mirrored Arenado’s blast with a moonshot to right in the 6th. The Cards scored their other run in the 5th on a double by Yadier Molina, Jason Hayward’s single, and a sacrifice fly from pinch-hitting Ed Easley. Christian Friedrich allowed a Tony Cruz single in the 8th and Brooks Brown survived a lead-off hit by Mark Reynolds in the 9th to get Colorado to the lockers victorious.
Game 2 of the 3 game set is tonight, another 6:40 start out at the old ballyard in LoDo. The Cat, left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, goes for the Rockies against St Louis’ Michael Wacha, a righty.