Rockies earn series opening win

In what is the biggest series of the early season, the Rockies won the first game against the Dbacks. Each team recorded six hits on the night and both pitchers got into at least the sixth inning, but in the end the Rockies pushed across more runs than Arizona. Greg Holland locked down the 3-1 win for the Rockies to record a franchise tying tenth save in April.

The Rockies got on the board immediately when Nolan Arenado doubled and Cargo singled him in. It was one of two hits for Cargo, who also happened to by the only player for either team to record multiple hits. The Rockies would score another run, the eventual game winning one, when Trevor Story lifted a solo shot to center.

The shutout would not last any longer for the Rockies when the Dbacks scored  a two-out run after a single and a walk. Goldschmidt would single in the run to cut the Rockies lead in half. That would be the only run of the afternoon for Arizona and it did not phase young starter Kyle Freeland.

Freeland got through a much needed six innings. He only struck out two and allowed six hits, but the third inning run was the only blemish on an otherwise fine afternoon. Freeland would exit before the seventh to make way for Chris Rusin. Rusin struck out both batters he faced before Ottavino came on to face AJ Pollock. Pollock would reach third before Ottavino could get Chris Owings to ground out. Ottavino then worked a perfect eighth to send the Rockies into the ninth with a lead.

Greg Holland came on for the save, and as he has done all year, he locked it down. It took twelve pitches, nine of which were strikes, and the game was won. It was Holland’s tenth of the year, a league lead, and gave the Rockies sole possession of first place going into Saturday’s affair.

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