The 2015 season couldn’t have started off any better for the Colorado Rockies, earning an Opening Day victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on the road, 10-0.
We saw a glimpse of just how deadly this lineup could be if everyone stays healthy – scary. Also, not a bad outing from that Kyle Kendrick guy. Kendrick was the Philadelphia Phillies five starter just a year ago, and now captured an Opening Day win, pitching seven scoreless innings, including six strikeouts.
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The Rockies jumped all over Kyle Lohse and very quickly might I add. The veteran right-hander lasted just 3.1 innings, surrendering 10 hits, eight runs-eight earned, and just one punch out. Carlos Gonzalez recorded Colorado’s first hit of the 2015 season, doubling to the left-center gap to bring up Troy Tulowitzki, who hit a double of his own to drive in CarGo for the Rox first run.
Shortly thereafter, Nolan Arenado added an RBI-double of his own, plating Tulo. Corey Dickerson, who had a monster breakout season for Colorado in 2014, capped off the inning with a two-run blast, making it 4-0 Colorado after one. Not a bad start, eh?
Colorado didn’t stop there, either. Nolan Arenado had himself a ballgame, clubbing a two-run home run of his own off Lohse in the third inning, pushing the score to 6-0. Not to mention, eight of Colorado’s nine starters recorded a hit, including pitcher Kyle Kendrick, who went 2-for-3 with a double. It was that kind of day. Justin Morneau was the only one held hitless, going 0-for-5.
One player, whom we haven’t seen in over a year, Rafael Betancourt, made his return following Tommy John Surgery. He didn’t look like he missed a beat, pitching a scoreless frame which featured two strikeouts. Christian Friedrich, former starter for Colorado, looked solid out of the pen. The southpaw pitched a scoreless inning as well, giving up one hit while striking out one.
Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado accounted for eight of Colorado’s 10 RBI’s, going 5-for-9 combined. The Rockies collected 16 hits as a team; who said they can’t hit on the road?
The Colorado Rockies (1-0) return to action in game two of a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday night. Game-time is scheduled for 8:10 PM EST, 6:10 PM MST. Colorado’s Jordan Lyles will toe the rubber against Milwaukee’s Matt Garza.