DENVER -- Henderson Alvarez was left shaking his head after the Marlins erupted for a 13-5 win over the Rockies last night. Coors Field has a way of doing that to pitchers, and Alvarez was no exception.
"It's crazy," Alvarez said of pitching in the ballpark, which is not conducive to low ERA's.
Alvarez and the Marlins emerged victorious even though the pitcher was in battle mode throughout, giving up 10 hits, including a pair of two-run homers over six innings.
Pitching at altitude for the first time, Alvarez said he experienced shortness of breath while on the mound.
Colorado's pitchers were likely a bit winded, too. After all, the Marlins kept them occupied by putting 26 runners on base by base hit, walk or hit batsman. According to baseballreference.com, that's the most base runners for the Marlins in a 9-inning game since 2008 when they put 30 aboard at -- you guess it -- Coors Field in an 18-17 loss to Colorado.
The Marlins on Friday totaled 16 hits, walked nine times and recorded one hit batsman when (who else?) Reed Johnson was plunked by a pitch.
The 26 Marlins to reach base tied for 10th-most on the franchise's all-time list in a 9-inning game.