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Coors Field, Denver, Colorado Attendance: 40,534
Royals look to beat Rockies, maintain offensive prowess
Kansas City Royals at Colorado Rockies
- The Royals and Rockies have played 14 games in Colorado with the last meeting in the Centennial State coming in 2014. Kansas City's all-time batting average of .307 at Coors Field is the second highest of any MLB team at the ballpark (behind Boston).
- Kansas City's starters are 1-7 this season in road games this season with an ERA of 5.10 and an opposing batting average of .277. The only MLB teams with fewer wins from starters on the road in 2022 are the Tigers and Pirates.
- Only four of Andrew Benintendi's 33 hits this season have been extra-base hits. Benintendi is the only major league player in 2022 with 25+ singles but fewer than five extra-base hits.
- In his last start, Kyle Freeland went 6.0 innings and allowed zero runs in a no decision. Freeland has 14 starts with 6.0 innings and no runs allowed for the Rockies, which is fourth most such games in team history.
- Jose Iglesias is hitting just .189 this season at home compared to .407 in road games. Among qualifying players, that is the largest such split (road better) in MLB this season.
- Kansas City has 56 extra-base hits in 2022, which is the fewest of any MLB team this season. It is the fewest XBH the team has had through 29 games of a season since having 54 in the team's inaugural season of 1969.
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Offense has been down throughout the majors this season, but Coors Field provided an antidote Friday night.
The Kansas City Royals and Colorado Rockies played a typical game at Coors, with the Royals winning 14-10. The same teams will go at it again Saturday night in the second game of a three-game weekend series.
Kansas City will send Carlos Hernandez (0-2, 7.15 ERA) to the mound against German Marquez (0-3, 6.47) in a matchup of winless right-handers.
Hernandez hasn't faced the Rockies in his career and will have to deal with pitching at altitude. If he gets the offensive support similar to Friday night, he has a chance to get that first victory.
The 14 runs by the Royals on Friday marked the second time in three games they scored at least eight.
Hunter Dozier has been heating up lately. He had five hits Friday and has raised his average 26 points since Monday to .277.
He isn't the only one seeing his average improve. Michael Taylor and Andrew Benintendi had three hits apiece on a night the Royals set a season high in runs and hits (18).
"You get a couple things fall for you, next thing you know, you start seeing your numbers climb, you start seeing yourself be a catalyst for an inning," Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said.
Marquez hopes his most recent start can be a catalyst to a turnaround. The team's lone All-Star last season has struggled much of this year, but he logged a quality start in his last outing in Arizona, allowing three earned runs in six innings.
It wasn't enough to prevent his third straight loss, but Rockies manager Bud Black saw some improvement in his pitcher's start.
"He was outstanding. I liked his stuff," Black said. "He was crisper with his fastball. Slider was good. He got outpitched by their guy."
Marquez got a no-decision in his only career start against the Royals despite allowing just two run over six innings back on Aug. 24, 2017, in Kansas City.
The Rockies' offensive struggles on the road -- including being shut out 4-0 in Marquez's start -- ended with the 10 runs on Friday night, as did their home run drought. Brendan Rodgers hit his second of the season for Colorado's first home run since May 5.
Rodgers had three hits Friday night and continues to emerge from the funk he had been in to start the season. He has not lost his confidence, and more importantly, his teammates didn't lose faith in him.
"The guys believe in me," Rodgers said recently. "I believe in myself, first and foremost, but having my teammates be there through everything is huge. And them believing in me is a great feeling."
Black was happy with the way Rodgers swung the bat Friday night.
"It was good to see him get on a high fastball for the homer," Black said.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 14, 2022