After this weekend of the drunken, frivolous acquisitions, there was no telling what was going to happen when Josh Beckett took the mound in Coors Field for the first time as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
I personally cannot imagine it going better.
Beckett was... well, he wasn't bad, but he wasn't particularly good. In beautiful poetic justice, Tyler Colvin hit a home run to lead off the Rockies' half of the 1st inning. Beckett settled down well enough for the Dodgers, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits with 6 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Francis, on the other hand, dealt quite handily with the Dodgers, punching out 6 while allowing only 4 baserunners (3H, BB) in his 5 innings of work, capping his night with a strikeout of Shane Victorino to end the 5th inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd.
Josh Roenicke, Rex Brothers, and Matt Belisle cleaned up the final 4 innings of the game, allowing only 3 more baserunners (H, 2BB).
I'm writing this while watching the postgame interviews, and Wilin Rosario has a picture of himself photoshopped into a Mr. T getup.
The bats were adequate during Beckett's outing, notching those 3 runs, but then Kenley Jansen and Josh Wall came in and allowed 7 more runs to provide not only Tacos, but also the following tweet:
Tonight, the— Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders) August 28, 2012
#Rockies are America's heroes.
This was also the first Rockies shutout in Coors Field since last July.
That's how you start a series.