The Colorado Rockies collected their first win of the season Wednesday night, defeating the Miami Marlins in dramatic fashion by the final score of 6-5. Veteran relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins was a little rusty during his first outing of the 2014 campaign but got Garrett Jones to pop up to third to end the game. Hawkins would need 36 pitches however, giving up two hits while striking out one. Giancarlo Stanton gave the Rockies a scare with two men on base, pulling a ball just foul that would have given the Marlins the win.
Colorado’s offensive game out of the gates hot started by a lead-off single by Charlie Blackmon. After a force out from Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Gonzalez doubled to the gap in right-center scoring Cuddyer to put the Rockies up 1-0. After a Troy Tulowitzki single moving CarGo to third, Justin Morneau joined in on the action with an opposite hit to left field, collecting his first RBI as a member of the Rockies. Nolan Arenado would follow-up with a single of his own, loading up the bases for catcher Jordan Pacheco. Pacheco would come through, singling up the middle as Colorado scratched three runs in the first.
Rockies spot starter Jordan Lyles (acquired in the Dexter Fowler trade) pitched better than his line indicated. He would finish the game pitching five innings, giving up five hits, four earned runs, while striking out five batters. He would induce seven ground balls outs which kept the infield involved. He ran into some trouble in the sixth inning after giving up a two-run home run to Giancarlo Stanton, as Adam Ottavino came in and cleaned up the mess. Despite a wild-pitch allowing a run, Ottavino would strike out the side.
Colorado would add three more runs in the fourth inning. After a wild-pitch from Henderson Alvarez scoring Nolan Arenado, he would walk Lyles to load the bases. Kevin Slowey came in to replace Alvarez and would walk Charlie Blackmon to score Jordan Pacheco. Michael Cuddyer would follow-up with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring DJ LeMahieu to put the Rockies up 6-1.
NOTE: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez was replaced by Drew Stubbs late in the game due to dizziness.
The Colorado Rockies improve to 1-2 on the season as they look to split the series with the Miami Marlins tomorrow afternoon. Colorado’s Franklin Morales will take the hill to face Miami’s Jacob Turner. First-pitch is scheduled for 12:40 PM ET, 10:40 PM MT.