In a perfect world, babyfaced Rockies starter Juan Nicasio, the 25-year-old who broke his neck and nearly lost his life on the mound at Coors Field last Aug. 5, would have pitched a gem Friday night.
Alas, there was no such Hollywood ending, though the fact that Nicasio is pitching at all is the stuff of miracles. Wild from the very first inning, he was gone after 2 2/3 innings, raked for six runs on five hits.
"No, I wasn't nervous at all, I just couldn't command my fastball," Nicasio said.
But that didn't mean LoDo Magic took the evening off. The Rockies rallied to win 7-6 over Arizona on Todd Helton's game-winning double in the eighth inning. Carlos Gonzalez singled and advanced to third when first baseman Paul Goldschmidt fumbled a pickoff throw. After Troy Tulowitzki struck out, Helton drove in CarGo with a two-out double to left, Helton's third hit of the night.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy called it a "character building win," and Helton agreed.
"I think he's right in the fact that in the past, that game would have been over, with us fallen behind that quick," Helton said. "Now we know we can do it."
Rockies beat Arizona on Helton's double in eighth
Denver Post | Apr 14