One night after being blanked by Mitch Keller and the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Colorado Rockies came out on fire and did not let up in a 10-1 victory Tuesday night. Colorado benefited from a pitcher making his big-league debut and an offense that has been ice cold for over a week.
The scoring began in the second inning when Jurickson Profar launched a home run to right center in the second inning. The lone Pittsburgh run came in the third on an Andrew McCutchen single to center that scored Ke’Bryan Hayes.
The Rockies then blew the game open with a four run fourth inning. C.J. Cron scored on a fielder’s choice, that was followed up by Ezequiel Tovar hitting into a fielder’s choice to score Elias Diaz. The next two runs would come via RBI singles by Charlie Blackmon and Randal Grichuk.
Colorado then poured it on again in the seventh inning with five more runs. They got the first on a Cron sac fly to right. Two runs would then come in when Ryan McMahon tripled to right. The final two runs of the night came when Profar smacked his second home run of the game.
Luis Ortiz made his first start tonight and was not at his best, though a defensive error didn’t help. He would work five innings allowing five runs, two earned, on seven hits with one strikeout and one walk. Jose Hernandez took over in the sixth and allowed one run on zero hits, striking out and walking a batter in the process.
It was a rough night for Duane Underwood Jr. who was worked over in the seventh for four runs on four hits with a walk. Yohan Ramirez and Robert Stephenson would pitch a scoreless eighth and ninth inning respectively.
Rockies starter Connor Seabold allowed just one run on three hits with three strikeouts and three walks over five innings. Brent Suter, Jake Bird, and Nick Mears would come out of the Colorado bullpen over the next four innings and combine to allow just one hit to go with eight strikeouts and three walks.
After the stellar pitching performance last night, this one was tough to watch. Also, the lack of offense during this losing skid is concerning, especially when you consider how hot it was in April. These two teams will wrap up this series tomorrow afternoon at 12:35pm.
Record vs. Rockies: 4-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 6-2
Record at Home: 10-8
Overall Record: 21-16
Let’s Go Bucs!