The Rockies have been a different team on the road so far, with their pitching dominating compared to the way they pitch at home. Tyler Chatwood continued that trend on Friday night with a dominating performance of his own.
Chatwood went 6.1 strong innings and gave up only 5 hits and no runs. He lowered his ERA to 2.73 and has been the most consistent and brightest spot in the Rockies rotation this year. The bullpen came in after Chatwood left and pitched even better. They allowed only one base runner, Yasmany Tomas on a walk, in the final 2.2 innings. Gonzalez Germen, Justin Miller, and Scott Oberg were the pitchers to do the job. The pitching performance was great, but the main story from this game was the offense.
It took a couple innings to score, but in the fourth the Rockies got their first two runs off of Robbie Ray. It started with a Ryan Raburn homer to left, his fourth of the year. Nick Hundley followed that up a batter later with a homer of his own, his second. They were the first home runs Ray has allowed on the year, but it wouldn’t stop there.
The next inning saw Trevor Story swat a two-run home run, his tenth of the year, tying the Major League rookie record set by Jose Abreu in 2014. The next batter, Nolan Arenado, followed that up with his tenth of the year. Both players now lead the league in home runs and have been the driving forces of the Rockies offense. For Story, his hot start in Arizona continued and proved he really enjoys hitting in the desert. It was his fifth home run in four games at Arizona.
The offense took a little break until they came out again in the eighth. Mark Reynolds reached on a single and Raburn was hit by a pitch to put two on for Gerrardo Parra. Parra obliterated a ball to deep center that hit off the top of the wall to drive in one. Hundley followed that up with a double of his own to plate two more. Parra would drive in one more before the game was up in the ninth on another double, his ninth of the year. That would cap the scoring for the game at give the Rockies a 9-0 win.
This was an extremely important game for the Rockies to get back on track. They had lost five straight before this game and their pitching had fallen apart. Chatwood set them back on the right path to getting some consistent pitching. Chris Rusin will start Saturday night against Zack Greinke and will look to give the Rockies another solid performance. The offense will try and replicate their output on opening day against Greinke, who has struggled at home this year.