Through the top of the 2nd, things looked bleak for the Rockies. Juan Nicasio had lost all semblance of control in his first start at Coors Field since breaking his neck, walking 5 and allowing 6 runs in 2.2 IP, leaving Colorado with a 6-2 hole and Esmil Rogers with two men on base.
Fortunately for Nicasio (and us Rockies fans), the bullpen contingent of Rogers, Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers, and Rafael Betancourt combined to shut down the Arizona offense, combining for 6.1 IP of shutout relief on only 4 hits. Likewise, the offense was up to the occasion of bailing Nicasio out, as Todd Helton went 3-5 with 3 RBIs -- including the game winner on a double in the 8th. Ramon Hernandez added two hits and 3 RBIs as well, including his first homer in a Rockies uniform -- a solo shot in the 2nd.
Troy Tulowitzki (3-4) and Carlos Gonzalez (2-5) had multi-hit nights, while Dexter Fowler hit a solo shot in the 1st for his first homer on the year. In all, Colorado mustered 14 hits against the Diamondbacks, 10 against starter Daniel Hudson. Brothers got the win for Colorado (1-1) while Betancourt got the save (2).
It was my first time at Coors this season and my first time in the club level ever. I must say that it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience -- one I recommend that all Rockies fans try at least once. Also, I would be remiss if I did not mention that the Rockies are 2-0 on my game wraps this year. Miscellany after the jump.We Salute: Helton (.383 WPA), Betancourt (.183), Belisle (.177), Hernandez (.152), Rogers (.140), Gonzalez (.139), Brothers (.118)
We Are Disappointed In: Nicasio (-.411), Fowler (-.120), Marco Scutaro (-.102)
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