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Rockies 7, Marlins 4: Nolan Arenado, Drew Stubbs in the middle of good offense

The Rockies played a fundamentally sound baseball game to a man and won a solid game against a decent team ... like, what?

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The Colorado Rockies got off to a quick start in this one, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first frame on home runs from Nolan Arenado (with Drew Stubbs on base) and Michael McKenry.

The Miami Marlins struck back immediately with some help from Charlie Blackmon's questionable defense. Chuck Nazty lost a ball in the sun in right field that yielded a "triple" for Adeiny Hechavarria who scored on a Jeff Mathis double who scored on a Christian Yelich single.

The Rockies got an insurance run when Brad Hand's location left him in the fifth inning. He walked Charlie Blackmon, Drew Stubbs singled to left, and Hand then hit Nolan Arenado in a scary moment for Rockies fans. Nolan showed he was fine in some amazing plays (as per usual) at third later in the game.

With the bases loaded, Michael McKenry drew a walk after Hand got Corey Dickerson swinging. That walk was the end of the road for Hand who was replaced by Brad Penny who swiftly induced a fly out from Matt McBride that wasn't deep enough to plate a run and a force out fro Josh Rutledge.

The Rockies scored another run in the sixth on back-to-back doubles from Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs off of Penny and the Rockies led 5-2.

Things got a little weird in the top of the seventh when Christian Yelich hit a double to deep center field off of Christian Bergman (was it faith day or what?) that prompted a visit to the mound. As Juan Nicasio readied, Bergman gave up a quick double to ex-Rockie Jeff Baker that brought in Yelich. All the while, Drew Goodman and George Frazier speculated on the ROOT Sports broadcast that there were frantic phone calls down to the bullpen hoping to get Nicasio in to face Giancarlo Stanton.

Nicasio, though, apparently didn't have enough time to warm and was not ready. Bergman was forced to face Stanton who promptly singled in Baker.

Final line on Bergman: 6.1 IP, 9H, 4ER, 2BB, 1K. (Though really, two of those runs were on Charlie Blackmon.)

Congratulations Christian Bergman on your first major league Win. You earned it.

The Rockies would get both runs back, however, when DJ LeMahieu doubled off the wall in right field scoring Corey Dickerson and Matt McBride who had both singled.

Juan Nicasio, Boone Logan, Adam Ottavino, and LaTroy Hawkins closed things out to secure the win: Logan and Ottavino giving up only a hit a piece. Ottavino was helped out by a beautiful double play from Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu.

Drew Stubbs paced the offense with three hits on the day but everyone contributed with each position player getting at least on hit on the day.

Ultimately this was a rare sight. The Rockies won not because of some herculean effort or because the other team imploded but because each guy took a moment to execute in a moment that mattered and the pitching did just well enough to secure the win. Yeah, that feels nice.


Source: FanGraphs