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Morneau Gets 1,500th Hit As Rockies Improve To 4-0

The Colorado Rockies swept their opening series against the Milwaukee Brewers and on Friday hosted their 2015 home opener at Coors Field against the Chicago Cubs. With a 5-1 win over the Cubs, the Rockies have now improved to 4-0 on the season for the first time in nearly twenty years.

Both teams sent lefties to the hill in Tyler Matzek for the Rockies and Travis Wood for the Cubs, but the most interesting call was both managers deciding to put their pitchers in the eighth spot; a situation that hasn’t occurred since 2008.

The Rockies first run of the day actually came from Matzek when he scored after hitting a two out double in the second.

The Cubs tied it in the third when Anthony Rizzo scored off a sac fly by Matt Szczur.

Matzek would work just four innings allowing four hits and one run while striking out four. But, wasn’t economical as he threw 84 pitches in four innings and also hit Anthony Rizzo twice. He was replaced by Christian Bergman who pitched a perfect fifth inning to earn his first win of the season.

Troy Tulowitzki hit a two run double in the fifth to give the Rockies the lead and Justin Morneau got his 1,500th hit, a solo homer on a line drive to center off righty Brian Schlitter who had just been called up from Triple-A Iowa.

The Rockies’ pitching staff allowed just one hit after the fourth inning, which was a single by Rizzo.

Other Notable Stats on the Day:
DJ LeMahieu: 3 for 4, RBI
Troy Tulowitzki: 2 for 4, 2 RBIs
Corey Dickerson: for 4, RBI

Next Game:
On Saturday night right hander Kyle Kendrick (1-0), who was signed as a free agent by Colorado in the off-season will make his home debut on Saturday night as will righty Jason Hammel who will not only make his first start of 2015 but will also make his first start against his former team.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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