The squad from Colorado dominated the squad from Texas on both sides of the ball, with Colorado's defense only allowing a late field goal by Texas and their offense showing its versatility, scoring with long bombs and by pounding the ground...okay, so the Rockies outscored the Broncos by 5 today, and they did it in spectacular fashion.
I would go so far as to say that today's game is about as far away from tanking for a better draft position as you can get. Colorado pounded out a team record with 25 hits, only 6 of which went for extra bases. Kevin Kouzmanoff led the charge on that front, smacking two two-run homers in back-to-back innings to make a rout a laugher. Chris Iannetta hit a three-run bomb, while starting pitcher Kevin Millwood also went yard on a two-run shot, his 2nd of the season.
Millwood was also pretty darn good on the mound, as he went 7 innings and allowed only 1 unearned run on 3 hits, striking out 6 to get the win (4-3). I would say that Millwood's strong cameo for Colorado this year should at the least get him strong consideration for the rotation next year if he does remain with the Rockies organization.
But enough about pitching, let's talk more about offense. Both Iannetta (2-5) and Kouzmanoff (3-6) drove in 5 on the game, while Ty Wigginton (4-6) was a HR short of the cycle. That's not even mentioning the first 3 RBIs of Tommy Field's MLB career, as the SS went 4-5. Oh, and rookie Jordan Pacheco also had four hits, while both Seth Smith and Mark Ellis got 3 apiece. I'm sure you get the picture -- there were a lot of hits for Colorado today.
Every Rockie who came to the plate with the exception of mop-up reliever Greg Reynolds got a hit, which forced Houston's pitchers to throw 207 pitches in a 9 inning game. The Rockies scored in every inning but the first and last, as they unleashed the frustrations of a terrible 2011 on the hapless Astros.
While coming in I was hoping for a Rockies loss, it was great to see a powerful display of offense by Colorado.
Graph: Will be inserted if another PR staffer can get to it -- my computer won't cooperate.
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