The Arizona Diamondbacks opened the 2011 season on Friday by defeating the Colorado Rockies 7-6 in 11 innings.
Gerardo Parro scored the winning run after Colorado reliever Matt Lindstrom unleashed a wild pitch with one-out in the 11th inning.
Ian Kennedy made his first career opening day start hurling six quality innings by allowing 6H/ 3ER/ 3BB/ 3K.
The Diamondbacks scored six runs (6 IP) off Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez including home runs by Justin Upton and Miguel Montero.
A bizarre play in the seventh inning nearly cost the Diamondbacks the victory. RHP Juan Gutierrez struck out Ty Wigginton on a ball in the dirt for the third out to seemingly preserve a 6-4 lead. However, catcher Miguel Montero skipped the throw to first base, allowing Carlos Gonzalez to score. It appeared that Montero’s cleat stuck in the grass leading to the poor throw. The next batter, Jose Lopez legged out an infield single scoring Todd Helton to tie the game 6-6.
Sam Demel (1-0) earned the win in relief. J.J. Putz recorded his first save after retiring the side in order in the 11th inning.
Jorge De La Rosa (1-0) limited the Diamondbacks offense to three hits over 5 1/3 shut out innings before leaving Saturday night’s game due to blister problems.
Daniel Hudson (0-1) threw 101 pitches over six innings limiting the Rockies offensive attack to 6H/ 3ER/ 2BB/ 5K.
Dexter Fowler doubled in Chris Iannetta for the first run of the game in the third inning. Iannetta sparked a two-run rally in the 4th inning with an RBI double followed by De La Rosa’s run-scoring single to complete the Rockies’ scoring.
Hudson finished the 2010 season in spectacular fashion posting a 7-1 record and 1.79 ERA during August and September. The right-hander is scheduled to start the home opener at Chase Field on Friday night.
Ryan Roberts singled in the ninth inning scoring Justin Upton for the only Diamondbacks run of the game. Roberts continues his torrid hitting from Spring Training where he led MLB with a .519 batting average in Cactus League action.
The final game of the series was postponed due to snow. Joe Saunders was scheduled to make the start for the Diamondbacks. A make up date has not been announced. Arizona travels to Wrigley Field to begin a three-game series against the Cubs on Monday afternoon.
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Written by Josh Robbins
Josh is a freelance video-journalist and baseball historian in Chandler, Arizona. In 2010, he earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from CSU-Long Beach. From June 16 to July 11, 2008, he watched a game in all Thirty Major League Baseball stadiums in a world record 26 days by car. You can email him at email@example.com or visit his website at Thirty27.com.