D-backs starter Brandon McCarthy felt he threw the ball better in his first start of the year than the numbers would indicate. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa has been kicking himself ever since he let a solid performance slip away in one disastrous inning during his Opening Day start.
The two will get a chance to exorcise their demons Saturday night when they face off at Coors Field.
It is the second game of the three-game set, and the Rockies clearly got the better end of the first one Friday afternoon, as they sent a sellout crowd home happy with a 12-2 victory over the D-backs.
McCarthy will need to find a way to keep Charlie Blackmon in check after the outfielder went 6-for-6 and was a one-man wrecking crew on Friday.
"We'll have to do something different than we did today with him," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said after Friday's game.
McCarthy cruised through the first six innings of his start against the Giants on Monday and held a 6-3 lead.
In the seventh, he thought that he had pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza struck out, but the pitch was ruled a ball. Adrianza made the most of his second chance by lining an RBI double and McCarthy was not able to get out of the inning and the D-backs eventually lost the game, 9-8.
De La Rosa meanwhile held the Marlins in check on Opening Day through the first four innings, striking out six in the process.
But in the fifth, De La Rosa and catcher Wilin Rosario got their signals crossed with a runner on second, and suddenly De La Rosa came unraveled.
"I was mad at myself," De La Rosa said of what happened. "I just lost my focus. It's not an excuse. I never get mad at him. I never get mad at anybody, just myself."
The Marlins chased De La Rosa from the game in that inning, as they scored five runs en route to a 10-1 win. De La Rosa did not want to use the fact that it was Opening Day as an excuse for not keeping himself in check.
"I get excited, and that's normal," he said. "But I have to control myself."
D-backs: Trying to stay positive
The season is not even a week old, and the D-backs have already lost their ace pitcher Patrick Corbin and eighth-inning setup man David Hernandez to season-ending Tommy John surgeries.
During Spring Training, the team brought in motivational speakers and worked hard to build some mental toughness. That positive attitude has been tested early.
"There are some aspects of this game where it's really good to have a good memory, and then there's other aspects where it's best if you can put it aside," reliever Brad Ziegler said. "This is a pretty mentally tough locker room, and when guys get on the field today, we're not going to be thinking about what happened yesterday. It's all a matter of how can I get these guys out? What approach do I need to have to make this at-bat successful?"
Rockies: CarGo makes baseballs go
The Rockies dressed up the right-field third deck of Coors Field with The Rooftop. It's a long way from home plate. But manager Walt Weiss raised the possibility Friday morning during batting practice that outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is capable of striking the new party area with a batted baseball.
Gonzalez came as close as anyone could ever dream of hitting a ball that far during the sixth inning of Friday's home opener. Gonzalez's two-run homer off left-hander Joe Thatcher bounced off the facade of the third deck.
"Before the game, we were talking about it, and the manager was kind of joking about, 'You're going to be the first one to hit the ball to The Rooftop,'" Gonzalez said. "I didn't think it was going to be today. But I just put a good swing to the ball -- nice and easy, a slider hanging right down the middle."
While Blackmon's 6-for-6 day was the big story Friday, Gonzalez homered and tripled. He and Michael Cuddyer each have five-game hit streaks, and Gonzalez has scored a run and driven in at least one run in four of the team's five games this season.
• In 12 of his last 13 appearances against the Rockies, D-backs reliever J.J. Putz has not allowed a run, and he has a 0.73 ERA (one earned run in 12 1/3 innings) over that span.
• Paul Goldschmidt has hit safely in 26 straight games dating back to last season, the second-longest streak in team history behind Luis Gonzalez's 30-game streak in 1999.
• Cuddyer has hit safely in the first five games of the season, matching his longest such streak to open a season.
• Aaron Hill has hit .367 in his career against the Rockies, the third-best average against them among active players. Only Miguel Cabrera (.409) and Buster Posey (.390) have better marks.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.