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The series opener of the two game set for the Rockies and Yankees showcased the offenses of both teams. 30 hits and 23 runs were scored between the two teams, but the Rockies managed to score 13 against the Yankees 10 and pulled out the win. The Rockies scored in every inning except two (the first and third) and the Yankees scored in only two innings (the sixth and eighth).
A bullpen implosion by the Rockies made this game much closer than it should have been. Through five innings, starter Jorge De La Rosa was very good. De La allowed no runs on only three hits and two walks. He wasn’t as efficient as he probably would’ve like to have been, but he was effective nonetheless. After De La was removed however, the Rockies had to use 7 different bullpen pitchers to finish the game.
The Rockies scored their first run in the second inning on doubles from Cargo and Mark Reynolds. They would come back in the fourth to score three more runs on a pair of home runs. Trevor Story first hit a two run homer and Ryan Raburn followed that up to go back-to-back for the Rockies. That tandem hitting a pair of home runs is interesting because of what happened earlier in the game. On a harmless fly ball to left field, three players converged trying to make a play. Gerrardo Parra settled under the ball appearing to have an easy play on it and Nolan Arenado backed off, Story however didn’t hear Parra calling for it and he dove, landing on the leg of Parra who went down immediately in pain. Parra was carted off the field with an apparent leg injury and replaced by Raburn.
From the fourth inning on, the Rockies would score at least a run to cruise towards 13 runs, but big innings for the Yankees in the sixth (three runs) and eighth (seven runs) would make this game a close one and classic Coors Field game. In the eighth inning with Justin Miller and Miguel Castro, the bullpen gave up seven runs and made the game a 10-12 affair at the time. This was much closer than I would’ve put this game at, but the score is never safe at Coors.
Carlos Estevez came in to close the game out and earned his second career save. The Rockies will wrap the series up with an afternoon game on Wednesday and look to go to 3-2 on the year against American League teams. Chad Bettis takes the hill and the Rockies desperately need him to pitch well to preserve the bullpen and to get back on track. Bettis has struggled mightily of late and he could be the next man out of the rotation.