Chatwood, Cargo lead Rockies charge

Tyler Chatwood
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood delivers against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A 5-3 win on Saturday afternoon set the Rockies up for their second consecutive series win as Tyler Chatwood was terrific over 6.2 innings and Carlos Gonzalez drove in four runs with two hits.

The first inning didn’t start well for the Rockies and Chatwood as the Padres took an early lead. After a walk and single, Yangervis Solarte drove in a run via a groundout. Melvin Upton then followed that up with an RBI single. That 2-0 lead was bad news for Chatwood as it seemed to be telling a tale of how this game would go.

The Rockies would counter in the bottom of the inning and give Chatwood a lead to work with. Two back-to-back walks put two on for the middle of the lineup, and although Nolan Arenado would not be able to do anything, Cargo would pick him up. With two on and one out, Cargo laced a ball to right field that just got out of the park for a three-run home run. Trevor Story and Mark Reynolds would also single in the inning, but the scoring was limited to the home run. Either way the Rockies would take a 3-2 lead and Chatwood would settle in.

Chatwood would allow only one more run over his 6.2 innings, a fifth inning run scoring single, but that would be the last run the Padres would score. Chatwood struggled a little bit with his command, walking three batters but he was able to get a lot of ground balls and induced two double plays. It was a good start for Chatwood who has struggled at home this year, but had a good start on Saturday.

The Rockies offense would counter the run scored in the fifth by scoring two more runs in the bottom half of the inning. Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run that hit the foul pole in right, and Cargo dropped a bloop single into left for a run scoring hit. The Rockies would retake the lead and the scoring would stop there, with a score of 5-3.

It was also a good day for the Rockies bullpen, for the most part. After Chatwood was removed with two outs in the seventh, Boone Logan came in and finished the inning off and got two outs in the eighth as well. Jason Motte then came in and finished the eighth off.

Walt Weiss left Motte in for the ninth inning, but that would quickly prove to be a mistake. With Jake Mcgee on the DL with knee inflammation, the Rockies were without a closer and Weiss decided Motte could try his hand. After a quick double and hit batsman, Motte was removed and the hard throwing rookie Carlos Estevez. Estevez embraced the role quickly and saved the ninth inning with the two men on and no outs. It was his first save and earned him the closer role for the time being. Estevez is young and has showed flashes of being a shutdown reliever, and he will now have the opportunity to show what he is really made of as the Rockies closer.

The series finishes with a game on Sunday afternoon. The Rockies will send Tyler Anderson to make the first start of his career. He will oppose Christian Friedrich who has been terrific this year, but it will be good to see what the young Anderson can do.

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