Rockies’ Juan Nicasio proves pitchers can also hit with big game vs. Mets


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Juan Nicasio has been pitching great for Colorado. He threw seven scoreless innings against the New York Mets on Thursday night, bringing his record to 3-1 with 26 strikeouts and just eight walks.

Nicasio’s fastball was extremely effective, recording a strike on 33 of the 53 times it was thrown.

Source: BaseballSavant
Source: BaseballSavant

His slider wasn’t bad either.


But it was Nicasio’s bat that helped seal the deal for the Rockies: a two-run, line-drive single in the second that drove in Corey Dickerson and Charlie Culberson.


“I didn’t want a triple, maybe a double,” Nicasio said after the game. “Yeah, I wanted a double.”

Nicasio also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, marking just the third time this season a pitcher has driven in three or more runs to support a win. Nicasio is the only one to do it without hitting a home run.

Player Date AB H HR RBI
Madison Bumgarner 4/11/14 1 1 1 5
Travis Wood 4/21/14 3 2 1 4
Juan Nicasio 5/1/14 2 1 0 3
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