The Colorado Rockies offense continues to mash, chasing Texas Rangers starting pitcher Robbie Ross out of the game after 5 1/3 of an inning, giving up 12 hits, 6 runs, 6 earned, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout.
The Rangers would get on the board first however as three-hole hitter Adrian Beltre tee’d off of a full-count offering from Juan Nicasio over the fence in right-center for his first home run of the season; giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Colorado would respond in the bottom half of the first as leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon clubbed a solo shot to right-center as well, tying the ballgame up at one.
Colorado would add-on after the Blackmon homer in the bottom half of the first as Troy Tulowitzki would plunked by Ross. Carlos Gonzalez would hit a single to right-center past the shift, advancing Tulo to third. Nolan Arenado would have a great situational at-bat, hitting a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Tulowitzki to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.
Advancing to the bottom half of the third, Drew Stubbs would leg out and infield single and eventually advanced to second after a steal. Troy Tulowitzki continues to rake, singling to right-center over the head of the second baseman as Stubbs had to hold up, advancing to third. Carlos Gonzalez would hit a bloop RBI single to left, scoring Stubbs as Colorado took the 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the third. CarGo would hit another RBI single in the fifth, scoring Stubbs yet again for the 4-1 lead.
The bottom half of the sixth inning is where Colorado really extended the lead. Charlie Blackmon (double), Troy Tulowitzki (double), Carlos Gonzalez (single), Justin Morneau (single), Charlie Culberson (single), and Jordan Pacheco (single) all recorded hits scoring runs to push the Rockies lead to 10-1.
Rockies starter Juan Nicasio pitched very well after giving up the solo shot to Adrian Beltre in the first, but ran into pitch-count issues. He would only last five innings, giving up just two hits, one run, one earned, walking five while striking out one. His ERA would lower to 3.89 on the season as he earned his fourth victory (4-1, 3.89 ERA).
As if the Rockies were done scoring, Drew Stubbs would crush a solo shot to center field in the bottom of the seventh to straight-away center, pushing the Rockies lead to 11-1. Down to likely his last at-bat, Nolan Arenado would double down the left field line that just stayed fair, extending his hit-streak to 26-games (1 shy of Michael Cuddyer‘s club record of 27-games). Carlos Gonzalez would score on Arenado’s double as the Rockies led 12-1; which would be the final score.
Notable Rockies Hitters:
- Charlie Blackmon: 2-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI.
- Drew Stubbs: 3-for-5, HR, 3 R.
- Troy Tulowitzki: 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R.
- Carlos Gonzalez: 5-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI.
- Nolan Arenado: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI. (26-game hit streak)
- Justin Morneau: 2-for-5, RBI.
- Juan Nicasio: (W, 4-1): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO. 88 pitches, 47 strikes.
- Chris Martin: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB.
- Rex Brothers: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 SO.
- Matt Belisle: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB.
- Adam Ottavino: 1.0 IP, 0 H.
The Colorado Rockies (21-14) defeat the Texas Rangers, 12-1. They head out on the road tomorrow afternoon and take on the Rangers in a two-game set in Arlington. Colorado will send ace Jorge De La Rosa (3-3, 5.11) to the mound as the Rangers will counter with righty Colby Lewis (2-1, 4.22 ERA). First-pitch will be scheduled for 8:05 PM ET, 6:05 PM MT.