Rockies rock Cardinals with pair of long ballsJun 9, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Jacob Weber and Uriah Hines blasted back-to-back first-inning home runs on the way to a majors victory.
It certainly didn't take long for the Rockies to establish themselves offensively on Thursday night at Saban Little League Complex.
In the top of the first inning in their majors game against the Cardinals, the purple-clad visitors struck for back-to-back solo home runs off the bats of Jacob Weber and Uriah Hines for a quick 2-0 lead, which they would build on for a 9-3 win.
Cardinals starter Jason Vincent retired the other three batters he faced in the frame, but the consecutive long balls which flew over the fence set the tone for the game.
Hines also was masterful on the mound, pitching four innings and allowing only two runs in the process, dominating with his fastball and striking out eight Cardinals in posting the victory.
Back on the offensive side, the Rockies were just getting started with their opening-inning outburst.
In the second, Taylor Stevens and Mitchell Amechi scored to double their advantage to 4-0.
The Cardinals finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with only one out for Bryce Mason, who lined a Hines offering down the line in left for a pair of runs batted in, as Vincent and Carter Noseep crossed the plate, breaking up the shutout bid.
But, on this day, anything the Cards did, the Rockies did better.
After having added another pair of runs in the third, the Rockies plated two more in the fifth as Jace Lane and Stevens scored, while Kaden Chatfield scored the Rockies' final run of the game in the sixth to make it 9-3.
Weber also added to his home run heroics on the mound, exactly as Hines had done earlier, closing out the contest with two innings of solid relief pitching.
Hines finished 3-for-4, while Lane added a pair of hits for the Rockies.
Garret Neil and Sean Dean Brown each had two hits for the Cardinals.
Giants 10, Dodgers 3
In the nightcap on the northwest field, the Giants and Dodgers traded a pair of runs each in the opening two innings before the Giants pulled away for a 10-3 win.
With the game even at 2-2 in the top of the third, Dawsen Valerio, Brodie Dale and Dallon Draper all got on base and came around to score, followed by Vincent Braden, who earned his way on base by being hit with a pitch, making it a 5-2 game and a lead the Giants would never relinquish.
Finally, a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout by Parker DeVries and Jordan Vroman padded the lead in the fifth, and Valerio doubled to center in the sixth, then stole home.
Draper then stepped to the dish, who rocketed one off the very top of the left-field fence, missing a home run by mere inches, instead having to settle for a stand-up triple, which drove home the game's final run.
Valerio retired the Dodgers in order in the bottom of the sixth to close the game.
The Giants only had four hits in the game, but took advantage of six Dodgers errors, four bases-on-balls and a pair of hit batters.
Garrett Raymond had two hits for the Dodgers, including a triple and also pitched four innings.
Rockies 2 2 0 0 4 1 -- 9
Cardinals 0 0 0 2 1 0 -- 3
Rockies - DeVries, 0-4; Chatfield, 0-3; Weber, 1-2, HR; Hines, 3-4, HR; Lane, 2-3; Stevens, 0-1, 3 BB; Florence, 0-0, 3 BB; Amechi, 0-2; Farnier, 0-2.
Cardinals - Neil, 2-3; Vincent, 0-2; Noseep, 1-1, 2 BB; S. Brown, 2-3; Saltsgaver, 0-2; A. Brown, 0-3; Mason, 1-3; Coons, 0-1; Davis, 0-0, BB; Black, 1-2.
Giants 2 0 4 0 2 2 -- 10
Dodgers 0 2 1 0 0 0 -- 3
Giants - Valerio, 1-4, 2B; Dale, 0-2, 2 BB; Draper, 1-3, 3B; Starin, 0-3; Braden, 1-2; DeVries, 0-3; Vroman, 0-1, 2 BB; Appleby, 0-3; Hernandez, 0-1; Kelley, 0-2; Heidenreich, 0-1.
Dodgers - Hernandez, 0-3; Truempler, 1-3, 2B; Raymond, 2-3, 3B; Frazier, 0-2; Crippen, 1-3; Marques, 0-3; Newberry, 1-3; Hinckley, 0-0, BB; Anderson, 0-1; Ute, 0-1; Smith, 0-1.