The Colorado Rockies got timely hits and contributions up and down the lineup Sunday on their way to a 10-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Everyone who got in the game -- other than Carlos Gonzalez who exited in the fifth with a sprained left hand (day-to-day) and relief pitcher Justin Miller who took his first major league at-bat with the team comfortably ahead in the seventh -- contributed on offense.
Lead-off man Charlie Blackmon drove in four runs; star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki knocked in three runs with his two hits; new-to-being-a-star third baseman Nolan Arenado hit a monster home run, his team leading 17th of the year; and catcher Nick Hundley had four hits for the fifth time in his career and also scored twice and drove in a run.
But it all started to unfold after a successful sacrifice bunt from pitcher Chris Rusin in the third inning.
The Coors Field crowd -- who for my money were the best so far this season -- erupted after the bunt and would continue to do so as each run came in first on a well-placed grounder sacrifice from Blackmon to tie the game at one, and then on base hits from DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki to put the Rockies up 3-1.
Despite some eye-popping defense from LeMahieu, the Brewers would get a run back on what could have been an inside-the-park home run from Ryan Braun had he hustled out of the box. He isn't named Yasiel Puig so no one will make a big deal out of it. Braun would have to settle for scoring on a weak grounder later in the inning.
The final run Rusin gave up was heavily aided by a terrible route on a fly ball over Rafael Ynoa's head.
Rusin's final line for the day: 6 IP, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K on just 84 pitches.
Ynoa looked bad a few times in his spot start in left, but he also tallied two hits and scored three times.
The Rockies used a four-run outburst in the sixth to put the game away.
But the most exciting moments of the day came courtesy of the Coors Shield's own DJ LeMahieu. Dude is more than a defensive wizard, he's a defensive warlock.
Get this man to the all-star game. Do it now.