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Tyler Chatwood was fantastic on Friday night and the Rockies offense got 11 hits, half of which were doubles, that eventually gave the Rockies the 5-2 win over the Giants. The Giants, who are 30-20 and were winners of 9 of their last 10, are no easy opponent especially when they have even year magic on their sides, but a combined effort from the starters, bullpen, and offense gave the Rockies a good start to their three game series.
The Giants did take the lead first, but it was because of a rare error by DJ LeMahieu and they couldn’t maintain any momentum from it. After the error, Trevor Brown singled and Jarrett Parker moved to third. The Rockies then got a ground ball from Chatwood that came right back to the mound. Parker held initially so Chatwood fired to second, Parker then broke for home and Trevor Story fired a strike to Tony Wolters. Wolters put the tag and Parker was called out, but after a review it was clear his foot beat the tag and the call was overturned.
The Rockies didn’t let the review get them down as they came right back to tie the game and then take the lead in the bottom of the inning. With Matt Cain out of the game because of an injury, Albert Suarez was forced to come into the game to finish the second inning. With his first full inning of work coming in the third, he ran into some quick trouble. Wolters hit a double that deflected off of the shin of Suarez and Chatwood moved him over on a bunt. Charlie Blackmon then came to the plate, and with a ball up and away from him he smacked a double to left-center. Nolan Arenado then doubled him in a batter later to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.
From there, Tyler Chatwood settled in with the lead and started to dominate the Giants lineup. He would end up going seven strong innings (he probably could’ve gone eight) while allowing only four hits. The only run allowed was unearned and Chatwood lowered his season ERA to 2.69. Chatwood was efficient, he was accurate, and he was in control. He has had some problems at home this year, but his last two starts have showed his ability to pitch at Coors field with success.
The Rockies would score three more runs after the third inning. A Trevor Story double in the fourth and single in the eighth would score two more and give Story to more RBIs to his stellar rookie campaign. Tony Wolters would follow up Story’s eighth inning single with a single of his own to score the fifth and final run for the Rockies.
The Giants would threaten in the ninth as they scored a run to bring the game to 5-2. But with two outs and one on, Jake McGee came on for his quickest and easiest save of the season. He got Kelby Tomlinson to pop out on the second pitch of the at-bat and the game would end.
The Rockies will need to maintain some momentum from this win if they want to have a chance in the next two games of the series. Bumgarner and Cueto are starting for the Giants and they are no easy match ups. Eddie Butler takes the mound on Saturday and he is coming off a successful long relief appearance against the Red Sox. They will need him to pitch strong to pull out a win.