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Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 0: Ubaldo Jimenez and Troy Tulowitzki power the Rox to their first win of 2009.


Final - 4.7.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 6 0
Arizona Diamondbacks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
WP: Ubaldo Jimenez (1 - 0)
SV: Huston Street (1)
LP: Dan Haren (0 - 1)

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Behind Ubaldo Jimenez's seven innings of brilliance, the Colorado Rockies (1-1) were able to do something they weren't able to do in last year's first series between the two NL West rivals - beat the Arizona Diamondbacks (1-1).

Ubaldo and Dan Haren were both excellent, going toe-to-toe for seven innings. But Troy Tulowitzki's solo home run off of Haren in the fifth inning proved to be enough for Jimenez and the Rockies, and they were able to tack on a couple of insurance runs in the eighth inning anyway. RBI singles off of the bats of Ian Stewart and Todd Helton gave Colorado a 3-0 lead that they would not relinquish, largely because of solid eighth and ninth inning performances by Manny Corpas and Huston Street, respectively.

Jimenez's line: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K. Corpas and Street also struck out a batter each in their innings of work.

Other items of interest from the game:

  • Top prospect Dexter Fowler made his 2009 debut, drawing a walk in the eighth inning in what was an excellent at-bat against Jon Rauch.
  • The Rockies made several excellent defensive plays in this game, (dare I say it) looking very similar to the D of a couple of seasons ago...
  • On a not-as-positive note, Garrett Atkins went 0-4 with 3 LOB. He has yet to get a base hit (although it's only been two games, so nobody should be panicking quite yet).
  • Brad Hawpe, Seth Smith, and Chris Iannetta combined to go 0-11 with 6 K's.

The Rockies will be back at it again tomorrow, with Franklin Morales scheduled to square off against Doug Davis. The game starts at 1:40 PM MDT.

Thanks to everyone who joined in on the game thread(s) - over 2,000 comments total!