If you're the Colorado Rockies...and you're the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles ... and you're the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles playing the Dodgers in a rubber match ... and you're the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles playing the Dodgers in a rubber match where Jorge De La Rosa pitches a gem and you win big ... then today is a special day.
Sound the trumpets, release the doves, sing a song and write a letter to your mother! They won! They won! The Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in LA. Sometimes baseball smiles at you and all you can do is smile back.
It is April, it's early; but today is not for remembering that. We can leave all that for tomorrow.
Today the Colorado Rockies won a series in Los Angeles and the day is theirs.
Having not gotten out of the fifth inning since before Matthew McConaughey was an Academy Award winner, Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven full frames of one-run ball and even picked up a base hit at one point because ... why not?
Jorge had a good day. He should bathe in the suds of glory this eve!
Nolan Arenado fielded every single ball that was hit to him and several that weren't today. Seemingly trying to get ESPNs "Web Gems" series renamed "The Nolan Arenado Happy Fun Hour," he turned somewhere in the neighborhood of 82 barehanded pickups/dives/double plays.
Watching Nolan Arenado play defense is like staring into Charlie Blackmon's beard or charting Adam Ottavino's slider. It just feels right. Are we sure he isn't related to Brooks Robinson?
Oh, and he also like got two hits, pulling his average to .298 and extending his consecutive game hit streak to seventeen games or whatever. No big deal.
Hyun-jin Ryu had been dealing this season and hadn't allowed a home run during the Obama administration (fact check?) until Foxy himself, Josh Rutledge, of course took him yard with a three-run homer, his first of the season.
Man, what a good day. Jordan Pacheco came about five feet from launching a home run!
Charlie Blackmon continues to only make outs when the Rockies are up big, being right in the middle of things early with a couple of base hits and a run scored. Maybe his beard provides some kind of protective force field that makes him unaware that this isn't normal and he shouldn't be able to get on base this easily.
Brandon Barnes is still good! He got three more hits, two more RBI, and even got in a (what I think may possibly have been on purpose but can't be sure of) pickle that allowed Blackmon to score from third when the game was still close. It may have been good luck, but I've seen that as a called play before and doing it to the Dodgers in Dodger Stadium (have I mentioned that yet?) was icing on the amazing cake.
Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki did nothing. Nothing at all. But they didn't have to, and that is the difference between this team and the teams of the last few seasons.
Justin Morneau hit the 300th and 301st doubles of his career, continuing to flat-out rake.
Adam Ottavino made Yasiel Puig look like Little Mac next to Mike Tyson (very small) K'ing him on three straight pitches, none of which I am certain Puig saw.
Chris Martin got into some "Trouble" in the ninth but "Everything's Not Lost" because although loading the bases is no "Paradise" he worked out of it like a "Scientist."
Other stat things happened. Here is a box score.
We beat 'em. We beat the big, bad, gajillion-dollar spending, Magic Johnson having, pain-in-our-ass-every-single-season Dodgers! Bring on the Diamondbacks!
Tomorrow is for doubting and dialing back and remembering how long a shlock we still have to go, but today the Colorado Rockies won a series against the Dodgers of Los Angeles, and it was glorious.