Tyler Chatwood followed Jon Gray’ stellar performance with his best start of the year against the Giants. Chatwood went 8 innings in the 6-1 win while allowing only 1 hit. The Rockies also got some small ball offense to give them the lead and then a timely home run gave them all the insurance they would need.
Mike Bolsinger was the starter for the Dodgers and as Ryan Spilborghs said “he’s a deucer” or someone who pitches off of his curveball. That curveball did not have the bite he needed to get Rockies hitters out. Bolsinger was able to get to two strikes in the count on plenty of hitters, but from there the Rockies shortened up and managed some hits with two strikes.
The first run scored by the Rockies came from a home run off the bat of Gerrardo Parra, and you guessed it, it came with two strikes and on a curveball that Parra connected with and launched to right field. It was only Parra’s fifth home run of the year, but it gave the Rockies the lead and set them on the right foot for the win.
The only run the Dodgers scored came in the next inning and it was because of a leadoff walk. Adrian Gonzalez drew a four pitch walk and then Howie Kendrick singled to move him to third. A ground out drove Gonzalez in but that was the only damage of the inning.
From there Chatwood cruised and aside from some other walks and a hit batter, the Dodgers did not reach base. It took the Rockies until the fifth to score another run. Mark Reynolds doubled with one out and Nick Hundley, with two strikes and on a breaking ball, singled past the third baseman and Reynolds came home to score to give the Rockies the 2-1 lead.
They would come back in the next inning to extend the lead and take all the morale out of the Dodgers for the game. A walk and sac bunt put Charlie Blackmon on second and then a ball that was punched to center field by Nolan drove him in. Cargo was then intentionally walked in what was a bad decision as Trevor Story came to the plate with two men on. On a 1-0 pitch, Story lifted a ball to deep left-center field that left for a home run and gave him sole possession over the league lead for rookies and shortstops in home runs. That would cap the scoring for the night and the Rockies would finish the game with the 6-1 win.
Tyler Chatwood has been fantastic on the road and Jon Gray has been fantastic recently everywhere. But apart from those two, the Rockies starters have struggled. The next two games have Eddie Butler and Chris Rusin starting and needing to get quality starts. Rookie Julio Urias takes the hill on Tuesday night and the Rockies will hope to take advantage of his inexperience.