Charlie Blackmon (19), a North Gwinnett grad, was 6-for-6 in the Colorado’s home opener Friday against Arizona. (USA Today Sports: Chris Humphreys)
Don’t expect Charlie Blackmon to shave any time soon. The beard he grew over the winter has been pretty lucky so far.
The former North Gwinnett and Georgia Tech standout had an historical performance in the Colorado Rookies’ home opener on Friday in Denver.
Blackmon, batting leadoff and playing center field, was 6-for-6 with a homer and three doubles in the 12-2 victory over Arizona, becoming the first major leaguer to ever do so.
Coors Field is known as a hitter’s ballpark, but the 27-year-old’s outburst was still stunning.
Blackmon’s homer came with a man on in the fourth inning off starter Randall Delgado and he had five RBIs as well as four runs scored. He finished with 12 total bases.
Andres Galarraga is the only other Rockies player to be perfect in six at-bats and the slugger couldn’t match Blackmon’s power output.
By his final at-bat, a two-run double in the eighth inning, fans were cheering and chanting Blackmon’s name.
“That was really nice. I enjoyed it,” Blackmon told reporters. “We’ve got great fans, they really love our team and you can tell they’ve been waiting for baseball for a while.”
Blackmon, who has never played a full major league season, hit .343 last September to finish with a .309 average in 82 games for the Rockies. But he didn’t have an impressive spring at the plate and didn’t know he’d made the opening roster until a few days before the team broke camp.
“I don’t put a whole lot of stock in spring training,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. “I put a lot of stock in what Charlie did at the end of the season last year.”
Blackmon got the start on opening day in Miami on Monday and was in the starting lineup for the fourth time in six games when the Rockies played Arizona again Saturday night.
The left-handed hitter was 3-for-10 against the Marlins and was batting .563 after his 6- for-6 against the Diamondbacks.
“I don’t know how to stop thinking, ‘Wow, I got a couple hits today.’ You’re not used to that. It’s different,” Blackmon said. “You’re used to being 1-for-3, 1-for-4 or trying to get their second hit — or your first hit. Most of the time, I’m just trying to get one.”