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Tyler Chatwood rebounded in the best way possible with not only a great pitching performance, but also a memorable performance at the plate. The final score was 4-1 and overall it was a great team win and the perfect way to rebound after the terrible loss the night before.
Chatwood, who struggled mightily in his last start out, came back and showed the dominance he can have while on the road. The Padres tallied only five hits against Chatwood and only one run crossed the plate. The run came on a home run, but aside from that Chatwood allowed three singles and a double. Chatwood was also able to induce two double plays, negating two of the singles that came against him. In the end, Chatwood got two outs in the seventh inning before being removed for Jake McGee who finished the inning off.
What Chatwood did on the mound was certainly a big reason why the Rockies won, but he also did what he could with the bat. In the third inning, Chatwood got on base with a single up the middle. Charlie Blackmon was the next batter up and he lifted a ball down the line for a two run homer. Chatwood then came back in the seventh and came up with another clutch hit. With two men on and the outfield drawn in, Chatwood lined a ball to center field that got out of the reach of Travis Jankowski and ran to the wall. Chatwood would wind up at third with a two run triple.
The offense was certainly not a huge factor for either team, but the Rockies came away with the keys hits when they needed them and they also had the benefit of the bullpen shutting the Padres down. Jake McGee finished the seventh, Boone Logan worked a perfect eighth inning with two strike outs, and Adam Ottavino did the same in the ninth to earn his third save of the year.
The Rockies will now have a chance to win the final two games of the series to win the series. They could also wind up only three games under .500 and be that much closer to rallying for a late postseason run. At the very least, the Rockies should try and reach .500 for what would be the first time since 2010.