The Colorado Rockies led by second baseman DJ LeMahieu defeated the Chicago White Sox Wednesday afternoon, taking the series with a 10-4 victory. DJ was a key part of the win, going 3-for-4 from the plate with three RBI’s batting in the eight hole. LeMahieu would be a perfect 4-for-4 if it wasn’t for Avisail Garcia robbing him of a base-hit. Garcia would have the chance to rob LeMahieu yet again in the sixth inning but he came down awkwardly on his left shoulder as the ball game out of his glove to tie the game up at four.
Rockies starting pitcher Juan Nicasio ran into a pitch-count issue early on but settled down. He would pitch five innings, giving up eight hits, four runs, four earned, two walks while striking out six White Sox. His opposition Erik Johnson (no, not the Colorado Avalanche defenseman) would pitch a pretty solid game but his bullpen failed him. He would go 5 2/3 of an inning, giving up nine hits, four runs, four earned, one walk and struck out four. In the eighth inning, Chicago brought in reliever Ronald Belisario who was formerly of the Dodgers. He would pitch just 0.1 of an inning, giving up five hits, five runs, all five were earned.
DJ LeMahieu came up with a big hit in that eighth inning, singling to center to score Drew Stubbs and Nolan Arenado to go up 6-4. Just called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Josh Rutledge came off of the bench with a pinch-hit RBI single to plate LeMahieu. Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez would add-on to the hit parade in the eighth as both of them collected RBI’s.
Notable Rockies Hitters:
- Charlie Blackmon: 3-for-5, 3B, 2 R, 1 RBI.
- Carlos Gonzalez: 3-for-5, 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI.
- Justin Morneau: 2-for-2, 1 R.
- Nolan Arenado: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI.
- DJ LeMahieu: 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI.
The Rockies bullpen did an excellent job spelling Juan Nicasio. They would combine for four innings pitched, giving up zero hits and striking out one. Boone Logan made his Rockies debut, coming in to face the last batter of the game to get a tune-up before the series in San Francisco.
- Juan Nicasio: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.
- Matt Belisle: 1.0 IP, 0 H.
- Adam Ottavino: 1.1 IP, 1 SO.
- Rex Brothers: 0.2 IP, 0 H.
- LaTroy Hawkins: 0.2 IP, 0 H.
- Boone Logan: 0.1 IP, 0 H.
The Colorado Rockies have Thursday off, but will start a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants starting Friday night. Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa will toe the rubber going up against San Francisco’s ace, Madison Bumgarner. First-pitch is scheduled for 10:15 PM ET, 8:15 PM MT.