Colorado Rockies Opening Night: Five Things We Learned
5. The Bullpen Will Hold Games
If anyone would say that the Rockies’ front office had a goal this offseason, they would tell you that the goal was to bolster the bullpen. Justin Miller was first up out of the bullpen this season. Miller would deliver the single biggest pitch of the night when he was able to garner a strikeout in a two-out, bases-loaded situation in the fifth with Colorado holding on to a 7-5 lead. Miller then started the sixth by allowing two consecutive hits before Nolan Arenado bailed out Colorado with a spectacular unassisted double play.
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Boone Logan was the next man up and came on to start off the seventh inning. Boone left a lot to be desired after posting a 5.37 ERA over the past two seasons, but he worked very effectively tonight as he pitched a 1-2-3 seventh and then retired the first batters of the eighth. The bullpen didn’t have to pitch another stressful inning once Arenado put the game away, but we have to be pleased with their effectiveness tonight.