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Baseball is finally back and it came with a boom at Chase Field, where the Arizona Diamondbacks secured an 8-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on opening day. Patrick Corbin struck out eight batters over five and two thirds innings while only giving up two earned runs on seven hits. Appearances from De La Rosa, Chaffin, and everyone’s favorite beard Archie Bradley made for a very exciting start out of the gate. The DBacks were led offensively by Jake Lamb, Jarrod Dyson, and David Peralta who combined for seven hits, four runs, and six RBI. Paul Goldschmidt went hitless but reached base three times via walks. It’s fair to say this game went very well for the D-Backs, who secured a first inning lead and didn’t look back.
Corbin was able to stay out of trouble for the most part by inducing 8 groundouts and two flyouts. An encouraging sign moving forward was also that two of the groundballs resulted in double plays. Both came off of the bat of LeMahieu and nullified two promising innings for the Rockies. This start instilled a lot of confidence in fans when it came to Corbin, after the news that Greinke would be out with a groin injury.
On the other side, Jon Gray managed only four innings for the visiting Rockies. Gray had a nice year in 2017, going 10-4 with a 3.67 ERA (3.18 FIP) and a 9.1 K/9. He will be counted on to replicate those results should the Rockies hope to compete in arguably the toughest division in baseball this season. The two runs Colorado scored came via solo home runs from DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado in the first and sixth innings. Former DBack Chris Iannetta collected three hits in his debut with Colorado. This game wasn’t about power hitting at all. It was about getting runners on base and then sending them home soon after. Hopefully this can be mixed in with some home runs in the future, but tonight it was all they needed and more.
Watching this game, I was reminded of 2013 Patrick Corbin. He located the fastball and used his slider to keep hitters off balance. The two big mistakes he made came with no runners on base, and his teammates were able to give him plenty of run support.
Robbie Ray will get the ball against Tyler Anderson in game two tonight, with first pitch at 9:40 EST at Chase Field. Zack Greinke will make his start on Saturday in the series finale, with Taijuan Walker and Zack Godley debuting against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
Stats from Baseball-Reference.