The Pittsburgh Pirates had started the season in surprising fashion, going 4-2 against their NL Central division rivals. The Colorado Rockies spoiled their home opener, handily defeating the Pirates by a 7-1 score.
Rockies RHP Esmil Rogers was electric in his first start of the season. After two singles to start the game brought the Pirates to within 2-1, Rogers shut the door. Overall, he pitched 7.1 innings, striking out seven Pirates and only allowing four total hits. After the first inning, he only allowed three baserunners total.
The Rockies were not so favorable towards Pirates starter Paul Maholm. Maholm ran into trouble early, as a Neil Walker throwing error allowed Dexter Fowler to score from first base and Carlos Gonzalez to advance to third. Later in the game, Troy Tulowitzki homered in his third straight game, completely eliminating the worries from his hitless opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Colorado continues the series on Friday night, as Jorge De La Rosa takes the mound for the Rockies, fully recovered from his blister injury in his opening start. Ross Ohlendorf will start for the Pirates.