Notes From The Colorado Rockies’ Friday Night Win

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Apr 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) turns a double play as he forces San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) out at third base and proceeds to throw out third baseman Casey McGehee (not pictured) out at first base during the fourth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

News, notes, and observations from Friday night’s game between the host Colorado Rockies and visiting San Francisco Giants on Friday night at Coors Field in Denver. 

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The Colorado Rockies relied on a solid start from Eddie Butler and fifteen hits by the offense to outlast the San Francisco Giants 6-4 on Friday night, to start the three-game series against the defending World Champs in Denver.

The two teams will face each other again at 6:10 pm MT tonight. The Rockies are now 10-7 this season, and have won three in a row after dropping five straight before this streak.

News and notes from the game:

  • Corey Dickerson is batting .382 and has an OPS of .941 in the Rockies’ nine victories, and after getting two hits and a walk tonight, those numbers will only rise. Dickerson is (obviously) essential to the Rockies’ offense.
  • Nolan Arenado made another unbelievable defensive play, turning a double play himself on a Casey McGeehee ground ball early in the game. The guy does it every game.
  • Eddie Butler went six full innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out three. Those aren’t Cy Young numbers, but that line looks pretty damn good to me; when you allow four runs in six innings at Coors Field, you are going to win quite a few ball games.
  • The Rockies still haven’t earned tacos at home this year. They’ve only scored six twice – this week’s 7-6 loss to the Padres, and tonight’s game against the Giants. In fact, they’ve only hit the magic number of seven runs once this year: Opening Day.
  • The Rockies were better with runners in scoring position today (5-for-14), but the still left eleven runners on base. The Giants were 3-for-11 with seven runners left on base.
  • Chris Heston started for the Giants tonight, the second time he’s faced the Rockies this year. He’s faced the Diamondbacks in his other two starts. Against the Diamondbacks, Heston is 2-0, having allowed one earned run in 13.2 innings. Against the Rockies, Heston is 0-2, allowing seven earned runs in just 12.1 innings.

Oh, and then there’s this:

Rockies get after it again tonight with the chance to go 11-7, continue their dominance of the Giants, and potentially move up in the National League West.

In addition, one more win will guarantee the Rockies a winning home stand before they head out on the road beginning Monday in Arizona.

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