DENVER - APRIL 13: Seth Smith #7 is welcomed home by starting pitcher Greg Smith #27 of the Colorado Rockies who scored on Seth Smith's two run home run in the third inning off of starting pitcher John Maine of the New York Mets during Major League Baseball action at Coors Field on April 13, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Smith's homerun gave the Rockies a 8-0 lead over the Mets in the third inning. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Greg Smith, strikeout connoisseur.
The lefty struck out 8 batters in 7 innings (albeit against a fairly weak group of Mets hitters), and contributed to the offensive explosion, as the Rockies handled New York 11-3. Smith allowed two runs on six hits and two walks, but was able to stay in the strike zone for the majority of the evening, throwing 69 out of 105 pitches for strikes. He also had a double and two runs batted in at the plate.
Meanwhile, Seth Smith began to show signs of breaking out of his opening week slump, as he doubled, homered, and drove in three. Miguel Olivo had a couple of hits as well (despite striking out three times), and several Rockies (Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki, Ryan Spilborghs, Ian Stewart) drew multiple walks. All in all, it looks as if the Rockies are starting to hit their stride at the plate, as most guys seem to have straightened up their approach.
Nothing good ever happens without something negative to go along with it, though, as Carlos Gonzalez sat out after injuring himself on Sunday, and Brad Hawpe left the game after his two-run double in the bottom of the first inning after straining his left quad. The Rockies outfield will definitely be tested over the next couple of days, and they may have to make a move to get an extra outfielder while one or both of these guys heals up.
WPA Heroes: Greg Smith (.183), Brad Hawpe (.166), Clint Barmes (.122)
WPA Zeroes: Dexter Fowler (-.063)
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