Rockies Finish Off D’backs Look to Phils
The Colorado Rockies are heading back to the friendly confines of Coors Field after taking two of three in the opening series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.
Rockies pitching emerged in the second and third games of the series versus the D’backs, striking out 17 batters combined. The 12 runs scored by the Rockies in the same two games showed the inept pitching staff of Arizona and the two runs scored by them also showed an anemic offense.
The season started off rocky for both teams pitching staffs. Aaron Cook was only able to go 55 pitches into opening day before he was yanked. Arizona ace. Brandon Webb did not fare much better. Rockies middle relieve Jason Grilli would take the loss in the 9-8 game.
Game two would be a completely different story. Ubaldo Jimenez would pitch seven scoreless innings for the Rockies and would get the win in the 3-0 defeat. The Diamondbacks would only get five hits. Troy Tulowitzki lead off the scoring with a solo shot in the 5 th inning. Ian Stewart would capitalize on a double by Clint Barmes to bring in the second run and later in the 8th, Todd Helton would bring Ian Stewart in for the third run of the game. Set up by Manny Corpas in the 8 th, offseason acquisition Huston Street would get the close in the 9th.
Game three of the series started with a bang when Rockies reserve infielder, Dexter Fowler, hit the first pitch of the game for a homerun into left-field. The Rockies would never look back, scoring another eight runs in the game. Back up catcher Yorvit Torrealba and reserve infielder Ian Stewart would go for back to back homeruns in the 7 th inning bringing the score to 7-1. Ironically, starting pitcher Franklin Morales would pick up his first win of the season and be sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for newly acquired Jason Hammel from the Tampa Bay Rays. Morales knew of the decision before the game and his six strikeouts made a strong statement to keep him in mind for the rotation later in the year.
The Rockies will face the Phillies in a Coors Field opening day showdown. The Phillies are 1-2, winning their first game of the season in dramatic fashion. Overcoming a 10-3 deficit, they overtook the Atlanta Braves 12-11. The 2-1 Rockies will face the Phillies Cole Hamels, while offseason signing Jason Marquis will be on the mound for the Rockies.
By Tom Walsh
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