It would be hard to argue with them.
The Rockies scored four runs in the seventh with just one hit,
capitalizing on the wildness of relievers Mike Koplove and Jose
Valverde to beat the Diamondbacks 7-4 on Monday.
The Rockies erased a 3-0 deficit in their home opener before a
sellout crowd of 48,013. It was Arizona's fourth straight loss.
Charles Johnson had two hits and three RBI for Colorado.
Aaron Miles started the winning rally with a leadoff single.
Then the Rockies became little more than spectators as Koplove and
Valverde lost control.
Asked if his team had ever scored four runs in one inning on
just one hit, Hurdle said, "No, we haven't. We were the recipients
of some good fortune today."
Koplove (0-1) walked two to load the bases, then walked Jeromy
Burnitz to force in a run.
Valverde entered and hit Johnson in the back with his first
pitch, scoring a run. Valverde's second pitch was wild, letting in
another run. Several pitches later, Valverde uncorked another wild
pitch, and Burnitz scored to make it 7-4.
"You don't expect those guys to be as wild as they were when
they came in," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said of Koplove and
Vladimir Nunez (1-0) got two outs in relief to get the win.
Shawn Chacon pitched the ninth for his second save in three
Three Arizona pitchers issued a total of 10 walks.
"You can't walk guys in any ballpark, but especially in this
one," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "It sets off the potential
for a big inning.
"Fortunately, they didn't come up with the big hit that would
really have put the nail in the coffin. When you put a lot of guys
on base, bad things happen."
Johnson is hitting .421 (8-for-19) despite striking out in all
four of his at-bats on Sunday in Los Angeles.
"C.J. has swung the bat well, with the exception of (Sunday),"
Hurdle said. "To respond today with a couple of hits and driving
in some runs, he has obviously started off very well for us. He has
given us some run production much quicker than he did last year."
Johnson has a team-high 10 for the season.
"I'm not saying I'm dialed in. I'm trying to have positive
at-bats, trying to do the best I can as far as putting the ball in
play and driving in some runs," the catcher said.
The Diamondbacks pushed across single runs in the second, fourth
and sixth innings to take a 3-0 lead.
Johnson's two-run single helped Colorado tie it in the sixth. He
lined a hit to right and went to second on right fielder Danny
Bautista's error. Kit Pellow's single drove in Johnson and made it
Richie Sexson's run-scoring double into the gap in left-center
off Jeff Fassero put the Diamondbacks ahead 4-3 in the seventh.
Rockies center fielder Preston Wilson didn't start for the
second straight game because of a sore left knee. He pinch-hit in
the seventh. ... Jennings was 8-1 at Coors Field last season. ...
The game-time temperature of 37 degrees tied for the third-coldest
game in Rockies history. ... The 10 walks issued by Arizona
pitchers were just one shy of the club record, set at Coors Field
last Sept. 25. ... Nunez picked up his first major league win since
Aug. 31, 2002, against Pittsburgh as a member of the Florida
Marlins. ... Colorado is the only team in the majors without an
error this season.