The Sim Rockies overcame an early deficit to defeat the Sim Dodgers on Thursday night, 5-3. Every run was scored via home run, seven total, with Ryan McMahon’s third inning two-run shot the one that gave the Rockies the lead for good.
Home run derby
It was the type of night to make you shrug your shoulders and say “#coors.” Gavin Lux and reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger hit their taters in the top of the first, but Trevor Story cut the Dodger lead in half with one of his own the the bottom half. The Rockies took the lead in the third thanks to McMahon’s donger and extended their lead in the seventh with Story blasted his second of the night and Nolan launched his team leading (and second in the NL) 16th round-tripper of the year. It was 5-2 Rockies when Wade Davis came in and gave up a solo bomb to budding Rockie-killer Will Smith in the eighth.
In all, there were seven home runs hit on Thursday night off the bats of six players. The Rockies won the raw total home run derby 4-3, but, thanks to the two-run RyMac jack, won the actual game, 5-3. Though Story won the Team Home Run Derby, RyMac added two singles to make it a three-hit night.
Ryan Castellani’s second MLB start didn’t seem like it was going to go any better than the first. He gave up a lead-off home run to Lux (which went an estimated 472 feet, so not a cheapie) and, just when he was about to get out of trouble, gave up a two-out home run to Bellinger.
He managed to settle down after that, allowing just four more hits in registering his first major league quality start and win. His final line: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Give the kid the game ball.
From one division rival to the next, the Sim Rockies will now travel to Sim San Francisco to take on the Giants. German Márquez (3-5, 7.94 ERA) will start for the Rockies and Johnny Cueto (4-2, 3.93 ERA) for the Giants. You can watch it live on YouTube Premiere here at 8:15pm MT.