Trevor Story had himself a day in his Rockies debut and certainly took some of the salt off the wound of the Rockies last season and offseason shortstop troubles. The rookie was the first player in Major League history to hit two home runs in his major league debut on Opening Day. Not only that, he did it off of one of the biggest offseason signings and one of the best pitchers of last year, Zack Greinke.
The Rockies offense was in full force as they put up 10 runs, 7 coming off of Greinke, along with 3 home runs off of him. Greinke got through two innings unscathed, allowing only a hit to Mark Reynolds, a bloop single. But when the third inning came around, he ran into trouble. After the Diamondbacks scored a run in the bottom of the second, it was time for the Rockies to retaliate. DJ LeMahieu started right where he left off smacking a hard single to right. And from there it was all downhill for the Dbacks ace. The Rockies would go on to get five straight hits off of Greinke who was then able to retire Arenado, but couldn’t carry that momentum much further as the Rockies would get two more hits and score another run before Greinke was able to exit the inning. The Rockies hit around and scored 6 runs in total in the third and from there there was no looking back.
Although Jorge De La Rosa didn’t have a great game, he allowed 5 runs in 4 2/3 innings, he kept the Rockies close enough for the bullpen to come in and keep the Dbacks in check for the rest of the game. Justin Miller came in with the bases load, a jam De La set him up with, but was able to strikeout Phil Gosselin to limit the inning’s damage.
From the sixth inning onward, the Dbacks only had four hits and scored no runs. The Rockies bullpen did a good job of holding the team down and the Rockies offense did a good job of not taking their foot off of the gas pedal. In the 8th inning, Nolan Arenado would add some big insurance runs on his three-run home run. Overall, it was a fantastic game for the Rockies offense as they put up 10 total runs and 15 hits. It was the first time they scored 10 runs on the road since last years opening day game in Milwaukee. The Rockies 2-5 hitters finished with 9 hits and drove in 8 total runs, doing exactly their job.
The Rockies will try and win the series today as they run out Chad Bettis. The Dbacks will counter with their other big offseason pickup Shelby Miller. What would be nice to see would be Bettis going at least 6 innings and taking some pressure off of the bullpen. They pitched well last night, but relying entirely on the pen is not a very effective strategy as is not relying entirely on the offense.