It took all of one inning for fans at Coors Field to get tacos on the cheap Wednesday afternoon.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Rockies hammered Washington Nationals’ starter Stephen Strasburg. Six different Rockies players roped hits. Two more earned walks. The Rockies made a full cycle through their order.
By the time the first frame was over, Colorado tagged Strasburg for seven runs — which is exactly the number the Rockies need to score for fans to get four tacos for $1 with the purchase of a medium drink at participating Taco Bells the following day.
It was the earliest all season the Rockies unlocked the taco promotion. Their previous high for first-inning scores was five runs.
“I didn’t expect to be hitting in the first frame,” said Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray, whose two-run double made it 7-0. “But I kind of had a good idea of what I wanted to do. It seemed to work out pretty well, I guess.”
The Rockies held on for a 12-10 victory. The win improved their record to 58-63 overall, and their deficit in the National League Wild Card race remained at 6 1/2 games.
But perhaps more important, the offensive outburst gave fans the opportunity to stuff their face with four 25 cent tacos for the 38th time this year.
“Yeah, I like them,” Rockies fan Amy Bosak said of tacos as she was exiting Coors Field after the win. “I eat at Taco Bell a lot. I’ll stop in there and get two or three tacos and a pop.”
Bosak, who last visited Taco Bell “in April or something” for the promotion, said that she was still on the fence about heading into Taco Bell on Friday.
A word of advice if you’re out there, Amy: Do it. Everything is better when cheap tacos are involved. Everything.