Marlins first baseman Jésus Aguilar and Colorado leadoff hitter Raimel Tapia nearly collided after the first out of the game. Aguilar fielded Tapia’s grounder and raced to the bag to beat the charging Tapia. As Tapia reached the bag, Aguilar grabbed him to avoid a collision and continued holding onto Tapia until he reached the front steps of the Rockies dugout. The two smiled as they walked.
GONZÁLEZ’S CHEERING SECTION
González lost count on the family and friends who were in the stands for his first start against the team he grew up rooting for.
“I had old teammates, high school teammates, Little League teammates, cousins, family,” Gonzalez said. “It was awesome that they were able to come. Unfortunately, I didn’t perform at my best. They hadn’t seen me pitch in a long time. I was happy they were able to experience it and I’m sure they had fun today.”
Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (forearm flexor strain) tossed from 90 to 120 feet before Thursday’s game.
Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (0-1, 6.23) will start the opener of a three-game series at Cincinnati Friday.
Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (3-5, 3.30) looks to follow the eight-inning outing of his previous start in the opener of a three-game series against Atlanta on Friday. Alcantara didn’t allow an earned run and scattered six hits at Pittsburgh Sunday.
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