Rays rout the Rockies to even series

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Chatwood once again struggled at home and it leaves questions to whether he can be an effective pitcher at home. The Rays got to Chatwood for 7 runs in only three innings and the Rockies offense could not salvage the start by Chatwood. Perhaps Chatwood was thrown off by the two hour rain delay, but if that was the case, Blake Snell did not suffer the same.

Snell, a rookie pitcher for the Rays, dazzled through his six innings. While he did walk three, he also struck out nine and allowed only one hit. It was a great performance by Snell who dominated the Rockies up and down the lineup. For an offense that got to the Rays for seven runs on Monday, they were completely different Tuesday night.

Matt Andriese came on for Snell after he left and Andriese finished the final three innings doing almost as well as Snell. He allowed three hits and a run while earning the unconventional three inning, nine run lead save.

The Rays offense had thirteen hits on the night and two home runs amongst five other extra base hits. Evan Longoria hit an absolute bomb in the third that reached the left field concourse and Steven Pearce hit a home run in the ninth to cap the Rays ten run night. Corey Dickerson started his first game at Coors since being traded and had a night. He finished with three hits and an RBI along with a run scored. Every Ray starter besides catcher Luke Maile and the pitcher had a hit. The first five batters all had at least two hits , scored a run, and drove in a run.

The only run for the Rockies came in the bottom of the ninth from Trevor Story. If there was one bright spot on the night it was Story who went 2-2 with two walks as well. Story saw a lot of pitches, laid off of the ones out of the zone, and punished strikes. It was a lone good performance on offense and not nearly enough to rally the Rockies.

Chatwood’s performance leaves some questions about whether he can pitch at home. Chatwood has pitched decent at Coors Field in the past, but has also struggled. In 2012, he was about the same pitcher at home and on the road, pitching a little bit better at home. In 2013 he pitched must like he has this year. Chatwood did well on the road and struggled slightly at home. And now this year his splits have split even more. In nine home games he has allowed 37 runs vs eight games on the road where he has allowed 9 runs. His allowed OPS on the road is a measly .499 vs a huge .882 at home. Now obviously the Rockies aren’t going to kick him from the rotation for pitching bad at home with how great he has been on the road, but it does mean they need to focus on altering his home approach to become more successful. For now, Chatwood needs to focus on what he does best which is pitching to contact, but he has to focus on locating the ball down and hitting his spots.

The Rockies will finish the series off with a matchup against Chris Archer. Archer has struggled this year and the Rockies will hope to feast on that. Jorge De La Rosa takes the mound for Colorado and that should leave a good feeling for the Rockies. Winning the series is important to compete going forward and building momentum for their series against the Braves.

 

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