The Colorado Rockies tied a Major League record 12 doubles in the first two games of the regular season, leading them to a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Matt Garza and Jordan Lyles were pretty much identical in the first two innings, allowing just one hit apiece. Colorado jumped all over Garza in the fourth inning, however, putting up a four spot. After Troy Tulowitzki led off the inning with a double, Nolan Arenado followed up with a double of his own to left to push the Rockies to a 1-0 lead early. The very next batter, Corey Dickerson, notched a double of his own down the left-field line to switch places with Arenado, making it 2-o Colorado.
The Rockies weren’t done in the top half of the fourth inning as offseason acquisition Nick Hundley joined in on the hit parade. Hundley, on a 1-1 offering from Garza, sat back on a slow curve and shot it up the middle for an RBI single. Colorado added another run in the top half of the fifth inning with Tulowitzki singling to center, plating Carlos Gonzalez to make it 4-o Rockies.
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Jordan Lyles fell into a bit of trouble in the bottom half of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Lyles induced a 4-6-3 double play from pinch-hitter Logan Schafer, started by D.J. LeMahieu as Gerardo Parra scored from third. With two outs however, Carlos Gomez doubled down the left-field line to bring Milwaukee within two.
The Rockies made Major League Baseball history in the top half of the sixth inning, tying for the most doubles in the first two games of a season. Justin Morneau recorded his first hit of the season, which happened to be a double, bringing Colorado to a total of 12 doubles. The Major League record was set by the New York Giants back in 1912.
Jordan Lyles went on to pitch a solid game. The right-hander logged six innings, surrendering five hits, two runs-two earned, one walk and two punch outs. Veteran southpaw Boone Logan replaced Lyles in the bottom half of the seventh inning, recording two strikeouts and didn’t allow a base-runner.
Adam Ottavino was spectacular in his eighth inning appearance. He absolutely fooled Carlos Gomez on three-straight pitches, leading to a strikeout. Ottavino recorded two punchouts in the inning, one of Gomez and pinch-hitter Luis Jimenez.
- LaTroy Hawkins collected his first save of the 2015 season.
- Sidenote: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau left the game in the bottom half of the eighth inning after getting hit in the neck on a throw the inning prior. Daniel Descalso replaced him.
The Colorado Rockies (2-0) go for the series sweep tomorrow night as they send Eddie Butler to the hill. The Brewers will counter with Wily Peralta. First-pitch is scheduled for 8:10 PM EST, 6:10 PM MST.