Well, it looks like the moniker of “Blake Street Bullies” my have a few more votes tonight after all. Sure, it’s only Spring Training, but it is “late” Spring Training. The rosters are close to being set and the regulars are usually present for the seventh inning stretch, as opposed to high-fiving the late comers on their way out of the park after the second inning.
Tonight’s lineup looked a lot like what opening day should look like, if not exactly. If they hit like they did tonight, it will be a very fun start to the season – make no mistake.
When the dust settled the Rockies put up 26 hits and plated 18. Make no mistake, this wasn’t a hitting fest at the end of the game against the other teams farm guy. This was a legit beating of one of the Indians starters and several bullpen guys (one with a 0.00 ERA coming into tonight).
- Helton going 4 for 4
- Rutledge going 4 for 4
- Cuddyer crushing a ball over left-center, going 2 for 5
- Rosario going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s
- Nelly getting the party started with a 3 run HR and a 3 for 5 night.
- Helton, Rutledge, Fowler and Rosario all doubled (Rutledge twice)
- Blackmon 2 for 2 with a triple
- A seven-run second, five-run fourth and four-run sixth
- Francis gets the win and a little roughed up: 5IP, 9H, 3ER, 3SO
It was a very fun game. The only scary moment was hearing the CarGo left early in the fourth. They announced later that it was just allergies, so not a big deal.