Tyler Anderson was determined on Saturday night to earn his first win and he was going to do it whether he had to carry the team himself. Anderson did just exactly that as he went 6 innings while giving up only two runs and driving in two runs of his own. By the end of the night the Rockies won handily by a score of 8-3, but it was the work of the rookie pitcher that gave the Rockies that opportunity.
The Rockies did get down to an early deficit when Tommy Joesph dinged them again. Joseph hit the big bomb during Friday nights game that eventually gave the Phillies the win and he did more damage on Saturday. Finishing the night with four hits is a lot better than the Phillies would have presumably gotten from Ryan Howard over at first base, plus they got the same power that Ryan Howard would bring. In the second inning with nobody out, Joseph launched a home run to start the scoring off. The Phillies got another run in the fourth from a Carlos Ruiz single to put the Phillies up 2-0.
Aside from those two runs, Anderson did what he has done all year long and gave the Rockies a chance to win. But what has happened all year when Tyler starts was happening again on Saturday, he was not getting any run support. But Anderson was determined to not let another start be wasted and with two outs in the fifth and a runner on, Anderson tied the game up. After earning his first career hit earlier in the game, Anderson was ready to earn a couple more firsts. With Tony Wolters on, Anderson laced a ball to right field that got over the scoreboard for his first career home run, RBI, and run scored. It also tied the game, but it was still not quite enough to earn him his first career win.
Walt Weiss must’ve been thinking of that when he sent Anderson out in the sixth. Anderson was around the 95 pitch mark and could’ve easily been pulled, but he went out for the sixth and worked a quick inning. With that, the Rockies offense had to do their job and pick up their young pitcher. Scoring a run to take the lead would give Anderson a great chance for his first win and the Rockies went out and did their job.
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The inning started good with DJ and Nolan reaching with a single and double respectively to put runners on second and third. With the heart of the order up, the chance to score was very likely and although Cargo didn’t drive in the run with a hit, his RBI ground out did the job just as well. From there, five more runs would cross in the inning off of a HBP, two walks, a big bases clearing triple from Tony Wolters, and lastly a run scoring single from pinch hitter Brandon Barnes. The Rockies finished the inning ahead 8-2 and finally backed their rookie pitcher.
Jordan Lyles worked the final three innings, allowing only a run on four hits. It was a great way to cap the game and most importantly it gave Tyler Anderson the win. Anderson has nothing but fantastic since coming up and has been a very underrated part of this Rockies staff. He has only six starts at the big leagues, but he is showing maturity and an ability to pitch like a veteran. With Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson both pitching great, Tyler Chatwood pitching like he did before he had Tommy John, and a couple of young pitchers in the minor leagues primed and ready for the big leagues, the Rockies will have a dangerous rotation next year and even by the end of this year. Simply put, there is a lot to look forward to with this Rockies team. They may not be the favorites to win the division next year, but a hidden charge is almost sure to happen.
The Rockies finish the first half with the series finale against the Rockies. Earning the win would give them a 3-1 series win over the Phillies and would be a great way to cap a first half and last month that has seen the Rockies underperforming.