Thrown into the fire
This was always going to be a tough spot for Rico Garcia. Even with the pleasant surprise of his ascension through the minor league system this season, the Rockies surely were not thinking he would be making big league starts this season - certainly not before September.
So it would have been asking a lot of Garcia no matter what, but especially so against a lineup like the Red Sox. Garcia got the full experience from the Red Sox, allowing six earned runs on seven hits. He gave up three home runs and issued five walks. It was rough, but sometimes that’s how these things go. Hopefully Garcia can build on this and get some valuable experience the rest of the way this season.
Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a baseball really far
Yes, that Jackie Bradley Jr. And it wasn’t any kind of product of Coors Field. This ball was just smashed.
As you might expect, a number of Boston hitters had nice games. Brock Holt had three hits and drove in a couple runs. Xander Bogaerts had a couple hits, including a home run.
Besides beating up on Garcia, the Red Sox did a lot of damage against Jake McGee, who didn’t record an out as he allowed three runs - two of them earned. He wasn’t helped by a sloppy Ryan McMahon throwing error, the first of two such errors in this one for McMahon.
But hey, then Bryan Shaw came in and cleaned things up. And then Wade Davis worked a clean mop-up inning in a blowout. So in terms of overpaid Rockies relievers, maybe it was a wash?
Weird night for the offense
While it seems reasonable to describe this one as an easy win for Boston, it wasn’t without some traffic from the Colorado offense. The Rockies actually out-hit the Red Sox 15 to 10. They just left 15 runners on base, and with that early 7-0 deficit, it never actually felt close, even with a little ninth inning rally.
Heck yea, Sam Hilliard
If you’re looking for a nice moment in an otherwise ugly game, how about a home run from Hilliard in his debut? Very fun.
The new guys seem to be making this a habit!— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 28, 2019
Congratulations on your first career hit AND home run, Sam Hill-YARD! pic.twitter.com/yXNwrhSoHv
The silver lining in a season that might otherwise feel lost is often the chance for young guys to get experience and make an impression. Hilliard will definitely be at the top of the list of prospects to watch over the last month or so of this season.
The Rockies wrap up this two-game set against the Red Sox on Wednesday. Peter Lambert is scheduled to start for the Rockies against Eduardo Rodriguez for the Red Sox.