Rockies lefthander Kyle Freeland turned his debut as the Opening Day starter into a memory to cherish.
Freeland worked seven innings, allowing one run on a solo home run by pinch-hitter J.T. Riddle in the sixth inning, and a single, allowing one walk in his first start ever against the Marlins. The Rockies had one win or less at Marlins Park in each of its first seven years, and are now 8-17 overall in the ballpark.
But then it shouldn't be a surprise. Freeland is now 11-1 with a 2.53 ERA since July 2, and the Rockies are 16-2 in his 18 starts during that stretch.
-- Catcher Tom Murphy is on the move again. Murphy, whom the Rockies lost on a waiver claim to the Giants on Monday, appeared in one exhibition game for the Giants. He was not placed on the Opening Day roster, and instead of risking losing him on waivers, the Giants opted on Friday to trade him to the Mariners for right-handed pitcher Jesus Ozoria, who pitched in the Dominican Summer League the last two years.
-- German Marquez, who set a Rockies record with 230 strikeouts last season, gets the start in Game 2 on Friday night. He is 0-3 with a 7.42 career ERA against the Marlins.
-- David Dahl made his first opening day start, taking over the left field job for the Rockies, and he went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
-- Trevor Story hit the third Opening Day home run of his career, equaling the Rockies record.
--Did you know last year that when Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story both had 30-plus home runs, and 100-plus RBI it was only the third time in MLB history that the two players on the left side of the infield reach those levels. The other two times? Eric Chavez and Miguel Tejada did it in both 2001 and 2002 with the Oakland A's.