What a day for former Sky Sox Charlie Blackmon. The former second-round draft pick who made the Colorado Rockies Opening Day roster went berserk in their 12-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday afternoon in the team’s home opener at Coors Field. Blackmon finished the game with six hits in six at-bats, smacking three doubles, a home run, five RBI and four runs, becoming the first Rockie to go six-for-six since 1995 when Andres Galarraga did so. Talk about a hard day’s work.
With his outstanding performance, Blackmon became just the 19th lead-off man with six hits in history, and first since Ian Kinsler did so with the Texas Rangers on April 15, 2009. Not only that, but Blackmon also became the first person in the past 100 years to have six hits, three doubles and a home run.
This was the first season Blackmon made the Rockies’ Opening Day roster and has spent the past three years split between Colorado Springs and Denver. In 185 games with the Sky Sox in the past three years, Blackmon compiled 225 hits, including 18 home runs, 52 doubles and drove in 123 runs. He’s hitting at a .309 clip. The most hits he had while in a Sky Sox uniform was four, and he did so twice, once in 2011 and once in 2012. He’s also had three four-hit games for the Rockies in 2011-12.
He’s also played in 155 games at the Major League level prior to today’s game, hitting .291 with nine homers and 40 RBI.