The Colorado Rockies are better than the San Diego Padres. At least we think they are. If we’re right, then Tuesday night is how games between those teams should go. The Rockies pounced on a young pitcher making his debut and cruised behind strong starting pitching to easily win 8-0.
Welcome to the big leagues kid
Even with the Rockies offense being ‘meh’ these days, it is no bargain to make your big league debut in Coors Field. Eric Lauer battled but ultimately paid for some shaky demand. He walked four in his three innings of work, dealing with traffic in each of the first two innings. The Rockies were able to make him pay.
Trevor Story goes boom
After a couple singles and a walk to Nolan Arenado, Story came up with the bases loaded. He got a pitch to handle and fired up the fountains.
Kyle Freeland cruises
One of the early exercises among Rockies’ fans and tweeters has been to argue about whether the offense or the starting pitching has more been to blame for some of the team’s disappointing losses. Regardless of who wins that argument (spoiler: we all lose), the Rockies needed a good effort from their starter tonight. Freeland delivered with seven shutout innings, striking out eight while scattering just three hits and a couple walks.
It’s supposed to be an advantage for the Rockies to have all these early games against the Padres. Instead it’s been an annoyance thus far. To win easily against that team should be a relief for everybody. Hopefully those good vibes carry over into tomorrow’s finale.
The Rockies will try to win this series tomorrow with Jon Gray on the mound opposite Tyson Ross.