In his first game back in nearly two years, Tyler Chatwood picked up right where he left off as he gave the Rockies 6.1 innings of two run (one earned) baseball. It was the first quality start of the season for a Rockies starter and it gave them the series win over the much improved diamondbacks.
For the third game in a row, the Rockies hit at least three home runs, and for the third game one of those home runs came off the bat from rookie budding star Trevor Story. Story put the Rockies up early with a two-run bomb in the first. It was his fourth of the season and it has imparted him in the record books. Also homering was DJ LeMahieu and Ryan Raburn who hit his first home run as a player for the Colorado Rockies.
The story of the game, not to take anything away from Trevor Story, was the pitching. Chatwood and his six and a third innings of solid pitching, plus the bullpen, were the reason the Rockies won this game. The bullpen had a rough game during the second game of the series, but the other two games they were solid and held the Diamondbacks to only 1 run in seven innings pitched. Granted it has only been one series, but this glimpses of effectiveness show that Coloroado can compete when they get pitching.
Offseason acquisition Jake McGee earned his first save with his new team, but it was not easy. He did give up a home run in the ninth, but promptly retired the next two batters. The home run was the only hit allowed by the bullpen Wednesday afternoon as they held the D-backs to down and didn’t even give them a chance to come back.
The lineup saw some shakeups with a left on the mound and with the off day on Thursday. Charlie Blackmon, Ben Paulsen, and Gerrardo Parra all got some extra rest as Ryan Raburn, Brandon Barnes, and Mark Reynolds slotted in for them. Reynolds is part of the platoon situation at first so his playing time will be more consistent, but the other two came out and played well in their first starts of the season. As mentioned earlier, Raburn hit his first home run as a Rockie and Barnes went 2-3. If the players can come off the bench and fill in with some success, it will fill a major hole the Rockies have had in the last couple of years, bench depth. Often the Rockies will play their “Sunday lineup” and it leads to a feeling that they are just giving up the game. Sure, players need rest, but at the cost of wins it is not always worth it. If the Rockies can successfully have some bench depth and not have to worry about giving a game away a week then they will not only compete in the division, but they will earn some of the respect of their fans back.