PHOENIX -- Rockies second baseman Garrett Hampson learned during Saturday's wee hours that he would be making his Major League debut against the D-backs that night. It meant tiring logistics for him, but nothing like what his family had to endure.Hampson made it all worthwhile with an RBI double in
PHOENIX -- Rockies second baseman Garrett Hampson learned during Saturday's wee hours that he would be making his Major League debut against the D-backs that night. It meant tiring logistics for him, but nothing like what his family had to endure.
Hampson made it all worthwhile with an RBI double in his second Major League at-bat and two standout defensive plays, as he helped the Rockies to their season-high seventh straight victory, 6-5 over the D-backs at Chase Field.
Hampson -- called up Saturday from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace DJ LeMahieu (left oblique strain) -- ripped a double against D-backs righty Zack Godley off the base of the left-field wall to drive in the Rockies' first run of the game.
It wasn't easy, but his parents, grandmother, brother, girlfriend and a couple of friends were on hand to watch an overall good night for Hampson, the Rockies' No. 6 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. With D-backs fans not feeling so happy, Hampson's cheering section caught his attention.
"I had eight people there -- they can make some noise, though, for sure," Hampson said. "It was pretty quiet in the stadium. I could hear them, for sure."
For his dad, Chris, it was some long hours driving from Reno, Nev., to Phoenix, by way of Albuquerque, all in his son's truck. His family, including his mother, Marjie, grandmother and friends, and even his brother, Colton, made their arrangements.
But they all made it, even though it wasn't easy.
"I think my mom got delayed," Hampson said. "My dad drove my truck down to Albuquerque, 18-hour drive. Next thing you know I'm on a plane headed here, so he just kept going. It's all worth it, though. They're so happy. They're so proud of me."
Hampson received word from the Rockies after midnight, then had to retrieve equipment from the Albuquerque clubhouse and make a 7 a.m. flight to Phoenix.
"He played loose," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "He was excited, probably a little but nervous like all of us are in our debut. The guys were great with him, too."
Ian Desmond led off the fifth inning with a triple, then Hampson lined a 1-1 pitch off the base of the left-field wall. He advanced to third on Chris Iannetta's grounder to the mound, displaying his speed. He scored on Charlie Blackmon's double that cut the D-backs' lead to 3-2.
Defensively, Hampson made his first strong play in the second, when he backhanded Chris Owings' grounder and threw across his body to first base to end the inning.
In the eighth, with Adam Ottavino pitching, Hampson ranged to his left and made a full-extension dive to rob Jonathan Jay for the final out.
"I didn't think I was going to get to the one on the left, but it took a high hop on me, so I was able to snag it," Hampson said.
Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.