The Colorado Rockies had their moments offensively in an otherwise disappointing opening series, but nothing they did in their first four games came close to what they accomplished in their home opener.
After Charlie Blackmon provided one of the most impressive individual performances in franchise history, the Rockies will try to build on their 17-hit outbreak Saturday night as they continue their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Colorado scored 15 runs in its season-opening series at Miami – 11 in its final two games – but gave up 27 in dropping three of four.
It put it all together Friday as Juan Nicasio went seven strong innings, yet it was Blackmon who stole the show, going 6 for 6 with three doubles and a homer in the Rockies’ 12-2 win.
Blackmon drove in five runs and scored four, becoming the first Rockies player with six hits since Andres Galarraga did it against Houston on July 3, 1995.
"I don’t think I ever hit 6 for 6 in my life," said Carlos Gonzalez. "I’m happy for him. He’s proving to everybody he deserves to be in the big leagues and every day in the lineup."
Michael Cuddyer was 3 for 5 to improve to 10 for 22 on the season with multiple hits in four games. Gonzalez has also hit safely in all five contests after going 2 for 4 on Friday with his second homer of the season and four RBIs.
Jorge De La Rosa will try to bounce back Saturday after a rough debut. He gave up five runs and four hits over 4 1-3 innings in Monday’s 10-1 loss to the Marlins.
"I did my best today, but I lost my focus," De La Rosa, who had only given up a solo homer in the first four innings before unraveling in the fifth, told the team’s official website.
De La Rosa has been solid against Arizona, going 8-4 with a 2.30 ERA over his last 14 matchups.
The Diamondbacks (1-6) had won 12 of 17 against Colorado (2-3) prior to Friday’s loss, which saw them match their worst seven-game start from their inaugural season in 1998. They opened that season 2-13 en route to finishing 65-97.
Friday marked the fourth game in which they’ve allowed at least seven runs. Randall Delgado surrendered six in just four innings, while the bullpen gave up two runs apiece in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Arizona’s relievers have allowed 16 earned runs in 25 innings after not allowing a 16th earned run until the 19th game in 2013.
Brandon McCarthy will try to stop the bleeding following a mediocre showing in his first outing. He didn’t record a decision after allowing five runs and six hits over 6 2-3 innings of Monday’s 9-8 loss to San Francisco.
He went 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts versus Colorado last season.
Arizona’s lone runs Friday came courtesy of a solo homer from Mark Trumbo – his third of the season – and an infield single in the eighth by Paul Goldschmidt, who extended his hitting streak to 26 games dating to last season. Goldschmidt is four games shy of the franchise record set by Luis Gonzalez from April 11-May 18, 1999.
Trumbo didn’t hit his third home run last season until his 22nd game.