MIAMI -- The Rockies have won the first two games of the season in Miami.
Real big, with a 6-3 victory on Thursday and 6-1 victory on Friday, it's only the fourth time since the Rockies and Marlins arrived as NL expansion teams that the Rockies have won multiple games in a row in Miami. In fact, they were only 7-17 at Marlins Park since it opened in 2012 coming into this year, and only once even won two games in a series at Marlins Park -- 2013 when the Rockies were 2-1, but the loss was in between the wins.
It started with the starters. Kyle Freeland allowed one run on two hits in Thursday's win, and German Marquez allowed one run on two hits in Friday's win. They both gave up a bases-empty home run for the run they gave up.
-- Bryan Shaw got the call to get the final three outs after the Rockies scored four times in the top of the ninth. He retired the side in order. Big deal? Well, a year ago he allowed 99 baserunners -- 70 hits, 28 walks and a hit batter -- in 54 2/3 innings.
-- Ian Desmond reached over the center field fence to rob fellow centerfielder Lewis Brinson of a home run leading off the bottom of the eighth, when the Rockies were nursing a 2-1 lead. Manager Bud Black's reaction: "It's a do-or-die play. That's athletic ability. He tracked down the ball, running speed and when he got to the ball you have to be athletic to jump and make that play. Those are game changers."
-- Charlie Blackmon rebounded from going 0-for-5 in the opener to go 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI on Friday. It is worth noting that Willie Mays is the only player in MLB history to have more consecutive 35-or-more home run/Gold Glove seasons than Arenado. Mays did it six times from 1961-66. Arenado (2015-18) joins Dale Murphy of the Baves (1982-85) and Ken Griffey, Jr., (1996-99) for the second most with four consecutive seasons each.
-- Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond has a long history with the Marlins. He signed out of Gonzaga with the Marlins as a non-drafted player on Aug. 18, 1992. He was in the big leagues with the team from 1998-2004, playing on the 2003 world championship team. He also managed the Marlins from 2013-15.