Rockies salvage series behind stellar Chatwood

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What can you say about Tyler Chatwood other than he has been the Rockies unexpected ace? Chatwood now holds the lowest road ERA in the league with a 0.46. This is fantastic and Chatwood will certainly get some good starts at home too. The Rockies offense eked out just two runs, but for Chatwood it was plenty. The Rockies took the final game of the three game set against the Padres and are now 3-3 on their 10 game road trip.

From the get go Tyler Chatwood was dealing. A first inning single by Matt Kemp was one of three hits from the Padres on the afternoon, but they only managed to scatter two other hits, one a Melvin Upton single, and another a Brett Wallace double, over the next eight seven innings against Chatwood. Wallace was the only Padre to reach second base and there was never really a point where the Padres threatened. Chatwood finished with eight innings pitched and seven strikeouts. There was only one walk allowed by Chatwood as he threw 61 strikes over 99 pitches.

The two runs the Rockies scored were not from clutch hits or long home runs, but they count nonetheless. The first run came in the fifth. The inning started with a Tony Wolters walk. Tyler Chatwood then moved him to third on a slug bunt that turned into a single. Cristhian Adames, filling in for DJ LeMahieu, was then able to score him on a ground ball. That one run would prove to be enough for the Rockies to earn the win, but they managed one more run.

The ninth inning started with back-to-back singles from Mark Reynolds and Gerrardo Parra. Wolters then struck out swining, but with a runner on third and less than two outs, Walt Weiss made the right move of pinch hitting DJ and giving him the squeeze. DJ executed the safety squeeze perfectly and Reynolds crossed the plate for the second and final run on the game.

Jake McGee came in to close the ninth and pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning. It was his seventh save of the year and it gave the Rockies some momentum going into their game tomorrow.

The Rockies will head to San Francisco on Thursday to face the Giants. They took two of three from the Giants earlier in the year and will have a chance to gain some ground on them as it is a four game series.

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