The SimRockies may have stayed up a little too late Saturday night cooking fruit or making voodoo dolls or sock puppets (or whatever the cool Sims are doing these days). But after a rough first inning, they shut down the SimPadres and scored 10 runs to win their first home series and move to 6-4 on the season.
An inauspicious beginning
Both the SimRockies and the simulator itself got off to a bit of a rough start, with Sim Nolan Arenado making an error on a play that Real Nolan Arenado makes almost every single time (I know—repeat to myself it’s just a show; I should really just relax). This opened the door to a three-run top of the first for the SimPadres. The Rockies were then retired in order in the bottom half for a rough first inning overall.
An auspicious rest of the game
Sim Chi Chi González settled in after the rough start, pitching six total innings without giving up another run. Sim Carlos Estévez, Sim Jake McGee, and Sim Jairo Díaz each pitched an inning of scoreless baseball to shut the door on the SimPadres’ offense.
The Rockies broke the game open with a four-run fourth that included the first home runs of the season for both Sim Trevor Story and Sim Daniel Murphy. Sim Ryan McMahon added a home run in the sixth and a two-run double in the eighth to give the Rockies the win and Rockies fans their first sim tacos of the season. Sim Ian Desmond, Sim Charlie Blackmon, and SimArenado joined SimMcMahon and SimMurphy with multi-hit performances in a game where all eight starting position players had at least one hit.
In case you missed it, you can watch all the sim fun on YouTube here.
After Monday’s off day, the SimRockies open up a quick two-game series against the Sim Texas Rangers. Sim Jon Gray takes the mound against Sim Corey Kluber at 6:40 MT.