Colorado Rockies: Nolan Arenado faces his younger brother
On Sunday’s 13-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants, it was not a good game for the Colorado Rockies. However, it was a good day for the Arenado family.
Nolan Arenado started at third base and hit cleanup. He did not have a good day at the plate as he did not have a hit (like many Rockies) in three at-bats. In fact, the Rockies were only able to muster three hits total.
On the other side of the field, though, were the San Francisco Giants, who were able to tally 13 runs and 18 hits off of seven Rockies pitchers. Also, for the Giants, they had an Arenado on their team. He was Jonah Arenado, the younger brother of Nolan. He is also a third baseman, like his older brother, but he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 16th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
Jonah, 23, has only made it up to the California League (Advanced A Ball) but he has appeared in a few games for the Giants this spring training. He has gone 4-for-17 (.235 batting average) with 2 RBI.
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Yesterday, he came in to the game as a pinch runner for Evan Longoria in the eighth inning. After the game, Nolan spoke to the media about his brother potentially stealing third base…and him being the one to tag him.
"“I would have had to tag him really hard,” Nolan said with a big laugh. “But it was cool to be out there with him.” (h/t Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post)"
He also said that they have never played each other before.
"“We’ve never faced each other before, so it was cool to see him out there,” Nolan said. “He made a great play [at third]. It was kind of weird watching him hit, because obviously I want to see us get out of the inning, but I want to see him get a hit at the same time.” (h/t Saunders)"
Saunders also noted that another member of the Arenado family could have been in game had infielder Josh Fuentes been called up for the game by the Rockies. Fuentes, the Arenado’s first cousin, played for the Rockies’ Double-A Hartford team last season.
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However, Fuentes was not called up for the game but it was still a good day for the Arenado family.