DENVER - The Colorado Rockies won a thrilling ballgame 12-6 Saturday night against the Wild Card-spot-holding Miami Marlins. In the process, they gained a game in the race and now are only three games back of a playoff spot, with a 55-55 record.
However, baseball being this game that is, somehow boasted a few more noteworthy things than the Rockies being .500 in August. Future Hall of Famer Ichiro collected his 2,999 hit in this contest, Charlie Blackmon almost hit for the cycle and Giancarlo Stanton hit the longest home run in Coors Field history.
The Marlins got a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Dee Gordon began things with a triple and came around to score on a Martin Prado single. Prado came in on a failed double play ball which Daniel Descalso made a throwing error on and things looked bleak early for the Rockies.
Charlie Blackmon struck right back in the bottom of the first with his 13th home run of the season to lead off the night. The Rockies tied the game in the following frame when David Dahl hit his first triple of the year and extended his hitting streak to 12 games; every game of his career. He scored on a RBI groundout from Descalso.
The game remained tied until the fifth inning when Giancarlo Stanton unloaded on a ball that is still feeling the effects, driving it 504 feet. For more on the longest home run of the season and the longest ever in Coors Field history, read this interview with the young man who caught the ball.
The Rockies clearly weren't intimidated and batted around in the sixth lashing out for a crooked seven spot.
Cristhian Adames started things off with a pinch-hit single which was followed up by a Blackmon triple, his third of the year. Blackmon came in on a DJ LeMahieu single, which is a sentence we've typed more than once, and LeMahieu scored on a Carlos Gonzalez double down the right-field line.
Bettis, who was errant early settled down and gave the Rockies the classic Coors Field quality start.
"He never changes his demeanor on the mound," Manager Walt Weiss said. "Little rough early but righted the ship and got through six. He's on a good run... he's got back to the things that have made him successful."
"My whole mentality is trying to keep my team in the ballgame as long as I can possibly go," Bettis told BSN Denver. "The whole goal is to go out there and get as many quality starts as possible... We're always trying to go out there and get as many runs as possible."
Dahl kept the offense alive in the seventh, collecting his third hit of the game on a single which drove in Gonzalez. Then Nick Hundley finished off the scoring with a single of his own. When the dust finally settled, it was the 9-3 Rockies. The beardless Andrew Cashner was sent to the dugout and the game was in hand.
The Rockies tacked on three more in the seventh, the big blow coming from Descalso on a two-run double, fully making up for his early error.
The Fish added three in the final two innings tightening it to 12-6.
QUOTE(S) OF THE GAME:
"Ten wins is exciting, it was one of my goals I was trying to get to this year."
"It's fun, I said it the other night, that's why the scoreboard is out there, yes I scoreboard watch."
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
A double shy of the cycle, Blackmon scored another four-hit game. Including a homer and a triple. It helped him get off the small slump he was on.
"Charlie had a big night," Weiss said. "Thought he rebounded well."
BY THE NUMBERS:
.5oo - The Rockies are .500 at 55-55.
12 - David Dahl has 19 hits in his first 12 MLB games.
17 - Carlos Gonzalez extended a Rockies season-high hit streak to 17 games tonight.
504 - The distance on Stanton's fifth inning shot that was recored at 116 mph off the bat.
The Rockies will look to win the rubber match on Sunday against the Miami Marlins. At 2:10 p.m. MT RHP Jon Gray (8-4, 3.77) will face off against LHP Adam Conley (7-6, 3.41).