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The Rockies win opening day in Denver


SCOTTSDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 28: Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland (73) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Salt River Fields on February 28, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

On Friday, April 7 the Colorado Rockies returned to Coors Field for their Opening Day, looking to win their first series at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Coors Field was at capacity with over 49,000 fans in attendance when Left-Handed Pitcher and Denver native Kyle Freeland took the mound to kickoff the game. Freeland limited the Dodgers to just one run and four hits, an impressive mound showdown. The Dodgers scored in the top of the fourth inning on a groundout by Enrique Hernandez that would send Scott Van Slyke to home. However a homerun by Rockie Dustin Garneau in the bottom of the fifth would help secure a 2-1 win for the Rockies.

Gaining momentum, the team set out for a second win on Saturday against famed left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw. The Rockies have a bittersweet past with Kershaw. In 2014, Kershaw pitched a complete game no-hitter versus the Rockies, and in 2015, he recorded his 100th win against the team.

Despite their history with Kershaw, the Rockies shocked the elite pitcher with four homeruns. The first homerun came from Nolan Arenado in a line drive to center field. Andrew Toles, Mark Reynolds, and Gerardo Parra recorded homeruns of their own in the top of the fifth and bottom of the sixth innings, respectively.

With a 5-1 record going into the third game of the series, the Rockies would fall one game short of a complete sweep, losing 10-6. But the team walked away with a series win, a victory against Kershaw, and a higher ranking in the National League West than the Dodgers.

The Rockies are currently in second place in the National League West with a 5-2 record, behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Rockies will be on the road facing the San Francisco Giants and the LA Dodgers until April 21, when they return to Coors Field for a seven-day home stand to face the Giants for a second time, along with the Washington Nationals.

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