Colorado Rockies vs. Boston Red Sox: Live updates from Coors Field
By Kevin Henry
The Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox kick off a two-game series on Tuesday night at Coors Field.
This will be the third and fourth meetings of the year between the two squads who met in the 2007 World Series. The two teams split a pair of one-run games in Boston in mid-May, with the Colorado Rockies taking a 5-4 win in the opener but dropping a 6-5 decision the next day.
For Colorado, this is part of a seven-game homestand that also features visits from the Atlanta Braves (one game, a 3-1 victory for the Rockies on Monday) and Pittsburgh Pirates (four games). Boston, meanwhile, is on a three-city, eight-game road trip that includes stops in two National League parks. The Red Sox took two out of three in San Diego over the weekend before enjoying an off day on Monday. After an off day on Thursday, Boston will be in California again to take on the Los Angeles Angels.
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Boston is expected to send right-hander Rick Porcello (11-10, 5.49 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday where he will be opposed by Colorado’s Rico Garcia, a right-hander who was called up earlier in the day and will make his Major League debut.
On Wednesday night, southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (15-5, 3.92 ERA) is expected to start for Boston while Colorado will counter with right-hander Peter Lambert (2-4, 6.40 ERA).
We will be providing live updates before and during the game at the bottom of this page. We are sitting inside the Coors Field press box and will be sharing information to supplement any game watching or listening you are doing. If you’re unable to watch or listen to the matchup, we’ll try to bring you as much information as possible here. Please hit refresh to find the latest information.
Note: All times below are Mountain time.
4 p.m. — One thing to watch is Colorado rookie Sam Hilliard, making his Major League debut tonight at taking over in spacious center field here at Coors Field. He will bat seventh.
4:30 p.m. — It’s a Rockies milestone tonight. It’s the 2,000th regular-season game in Coors Field history. Team is 1099-900 at 20th and Blake in the regular season since it opened on April 26, 1995.
4:45 p.m. — Colorado is 8-10 in interleague play this season. Boston is 5-8.
4:50 p.m. — Boston is 11-10 against the Rockies in the regular season, but just 3-5 at Coors Field.
4:55 p.m. — Watch for the long ball tonight when Boston is at the plate. The Red Sox have homered in each of their last 16 games, their longest streak of the season and the third-longest in franchise history.
5 p.m. — Plenty of Red Sox fans already in the stadium. May seem like Fenway West tonight.
5:10 p.m. — Advantage Boston when it comes to pinch hitting. The Red Sox lead Major League Baseball in pinch-hitting average (.392), OBP (.489), slugging percentage (.703) and OPS (1.192).
5:13 p.m. — Boston’s Rafael Devers leads Major League Baseball with 171 hits, 78 extra-base hits, 48 doubles and 306 total bases. However, he is hitless in his last 11 at-bats.
5:18 p.m. — Rico Garcia, making his MLB debut on the mound for the Rockies, was selected in the 30th round of the 2016 draft out of Hawaii Pacific University.
5:22 p.m. — Nolan Arenado has seven home runs in his last 11 games. He also hit a home run against Boston at Fenway Park earlier this year.
5:32 p.m. — Speaking of Arenado, he has 26 RBI in interleague play this season. That’s tied with Frank Thomas (2000) for the most single-season RBI in interleague play since it began in 1997.
5:42 p.m. — Ryan McMahon has hit safely in 23 of his past 32 games for the Rockies, going .287 since July 23.
5:47 p.m. — Chris Owings (.345 in 235 at-bats) and J.D. Martinez (.376 in 109 at-bats) have plenty of experience and success against the Rockies.
5:53 p.m. — Perfect evening for baseball in downtown Denver. Should be around 73 degrees for first pitch, dropping to 67 degrees around 10 p.m.
6 p.m. — Since July 24, Boston’s bullpen owns MLB’s lowest ERA (2.65) and opponent average (.190).
6:03 p.m. — Tony Wolters, batting eighth tonight for Colorado, leads all eight-hole hitters in MLB in batting average with a .283 mark.
6:05 p.m. — Ian Desmond is starting in left field for Colorado on Tuesday night. In August, he’s batting .163 (8-for-49) with two doubles and one homer. He has just two extra-base hits since August 3.
6:14 p.m. — Thirteen of the last 18 hits for Boston’s Mookie Betts have gone for extra bases.
6:27 p.m. — Ceremonial first pitch is a wild pitch. An omen?
6:31 p.m. — National anthem coming up. Counting down to first pitch.
6:38 p.m. — Rico Garcia gets Mookie Betts for his first-ever MLB batter faced.
6:41 p.m. — Jim Rice and Carlton Fisk jerseys just behind home plate. Always interesting to see how the visiting time represents.
6:43 p.m. — Garcia’s family (sitting below the press box) loudly approve of his first MLB strikeout. Betts goes down swinging.
6:44 p.m. — With Hilliard and Garcia making their debuts, Elias says this is the fourth time in Rockies history two players have made their debuts on the same night.
6:48 p.m. — J.D. Martinez continues to be a Rockies killer. His two-out RBI single plates Devers and gives Boston a 1-0 edge.
6:50 p.m. — A two-out walk to Mitch Moreland draws a visit to the mound from Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster.
6:53 p.m. — That’s Garcia’s 25th pitch already.
6:55 p.m. — One run on one hit and two walks. Garcia had an adventurous first inning.
6:57 p.m. — Charlie Blackmon just misses the leadoff homer, doubling high off the right-center wall.
7 p.m. — In this article, our friends at BoSoxInjection.com predicted a potential rough night for Rick Porcello on the mound because … Coors.
7:02 p.m. — Daniel Murphy comes up to the plate to Dropkick Murphys’ “Shipping up to Boston.”
7:06 p.m. — The “Let’s Go Red Sox” chant has begun.
7:08 p.m. — First pitch to Jackie Bradley Jr. goes into the third deck. Red Sox lead 2-0. His 17th homer of the season and went 478 feet.
7:13 p.m. — Red Sox have treated Garcia exactly like a rookie starter. Two hits and three walks while Boston has jumped to a 2-0 lead.
7:19 p.m. — Sam Hilliard’s first at-bat. Walks up to “God’s Country” by Blake Shelton.
7:21 p.m. — Colorado unable to solve Porcello through the first two innings. Boston up 2-0 and Colorado with one hit and three strikeouts.
7:27 p.m. — Defense helps Garcia out of that inning. First frame without a Boston hit or run but the Red Sox still lead 2-0.
7:31 p.m. — At first glance, it doesn’t appear that Garcia will challenge German Marquez for the Silver Slugger any time soon.
7:34 p.m. — Charlie Blackmon entered the game 0-for-his-last-13 but he’s 2-for-2 tonight with the Rockies’ only two hits.
7:36 p.m. — Each team with two hits through three innings. Other than Bradley’s long blast, hasn’t been much to COOOOOORS about just yet.
7:42 p.m. — Garcia opens the fourth by surrendering two hits, a single from Brock Holt and the 19th homer of the season from Christian Vazquez. It went 366 feet and Boston is up 4-0.
7:45 p.m. — And Bradley draws a walk as Garcia reaches 67 pitches.
7:46 p.m. — That is Colorado’s second double play of the night.
7:47 p.m. — Boston up 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
7:50 p.m. — Arenado with the bloop single to open the fourth.
7:53 p.m. — Second time in as many days Arenado has been doubled up by a liner off the bat of Murphy.
7:56 p.m. — Two hits in the inning but the Rockies can do nothing with them. Boston up 4-0 heading into the top of the fifth.
8 p.m. — On the first pitch of the at-bat, Bogaerts launches his 28th homer of the season over the center field wall. Boston now up 5-0 on the power of three homers. That one went 435 feet.
8:09 p.m. — With the Red Sox up 6-0 and the Rockies unable to solve Porcello so far, Hilliard flashes his speed by nearly beating out an infield grounder. There’s still plenty to watch with these young players.
8:13 p.m. — And Garcia’s debut is over. Five innings, six runs, seven hits, five walks and three homers.
8:15 p.m. — Charlie Blackmon now 3-for-3, including an RBI single that plates Tony Wolters and cuts the Boston lead to 6-1.
8:21 p.m. — The Rockies offense has come to life. Four hits in this frame, including Arenado’s RBI double. Colorado pulls within 6-2.
8:30 p.m. — With his RBI double in the fifth inning, Nolan Arenado now has 27 RBI in Interleague play, the most in a single season since Interleague began in 1997.
8:32 p.m. — Third double play of the night for the Rockies.
8:41 p.m. — Hilliard reaches base for the first time in his big league career thanks to a walk.
8:45 p.m. — Rockies have now outhit the Red Sox (9-7) but those three Boston homers loom large. Boston up 6-2 heading to the seventh.
8:48 p.m. — Jake McGee pitching for the Rockies.
8:51 p.m. — 44,101 here tonight.
8:54 p.m. — Red Sox greet McGee with a walk and a double. Runners at second and third with no outs.
8:57 p.m. — Martinez is the third batter of the inning to reach safely, plating Devers and pushing the Boston lead to 7-2.
9 p.m. — Well, Red Sox have a big opportunity to blow this open. Error on McMahon puts runners on second and third as another run score. 8-2 Boston and still no outs.
9:03 p.m. — Everything going wrong for the Rockies. Single and error on Hilliard lets two Boston runs score and visitors are up 10-2. Ugly night for the home team.
9:16 p.m. — One of Colorado’s few bright spots tonight has been Blackmon. He was 3-for-3 coming into the at-bat before grounding out there.
9:22 p.m. — Going into the top of the eighth, Red Sox leading 10-2 and many fans making an early exit.
9:38 p.m. — Sam Hilliard’s first Major League hit is one to remember. Scorches a two-run homer to cut Colorado’s deficit to 10-4. Came on a 1-0 pitch and went 455 feet.
9:44 p.m. — Wade Davis in to pitch the top of the ninth.
9:50 p.m. — Error and a walk put runners on but a 6-4-3 double play gets the Rockies to the bottom of the ninth, trailing 10-4.
9:56 p.m. — Blackmon’s broken bat grounder rolls to second and he finishes 3-for-5 on the night.
10:04 p.m. — Arenado’s 34th homer of the season (407 feet) lands in the left field seats. Colorado within 10-6 with one out in the ninth. Pitching change for the Sox.
10:07 p.m. — Daniel Murphy greets new Sox pitcher Josh Taylor with a single to left.
10:10 p.m. — McMahon strikes out for the fourth time tonight. Two outs.
10:14 p.m. — Ball game. Red Sox win 10-6. Thanks for spending some time with us tonight!
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