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Going into the ninth inning, the Rockies were trailing by two runs and facing a Padres team that held a major league record for the most consecutive wins when leading after eight innings. The Rockies would take offense to that statistic and rally for a walk-off 8-7 win to snap their recent skid against NL West teams.
While the win is certainly nice, it came on the back end of another unsuccessful Tyler Chatwood home outing. Chatwood gave up seven runs over five innings for another rough start at home. This leaves a big question mark going into next year in that if Chatwood can’t find success at home, will his role as starter be in jeopardy? Chatwood is certainly dominate when on the road as he showed earlier in the year and continues to show, but he will likely pitch half his games at Coors Field and if he can’t figure something out, that puts the Rockies in trouble every time he takes the mound at home.
While Chatwood did not have a good outing, the bullpen did all they could to keep the Padres off the board after he left. Chris Rusin was perfect through his two innings and German Marquez got out of some trouble in the eighth to keep the score 7-5. The two best Rockies relievers, Boone Logan and Adam Ottavino, came in to work a clean ninth to give the Rockies a fighting chance in the ninth.
Two outs sandwiched DJ LeMahieu’s double, his third hit of the game, and the Rockies looked like they may end without any further damage. However, Cargo came up with a clutch single to put the Rockies within a run. David Dahl then came up to pinch hit and despite sitting recently with some elbow stiffness, he came up with a pinch hit single to put two on for Hundley. Hundley has actually really improved on his offense in the last couple of weeks and he continued that with a clutch hit to tie the game up. The game then came down to Daniel Descalso and Daniel got to play the unlikely hero for the Rockies. With two on and two out, Descalso launched a ball to deep center field that touched down at the base of the wall for a walk-off, very long, single.
While the Rockies have faded from the playoff picture with their recent road slide, every win is a sign towards competing next year. The Rockies will not finish last in the division which is certainly an improvement over the couple previous seasons and they have a good chance of reaching the most wins in a season since 2010. They would have to go 11-4 over their final fifteen games to finish at .500, which is a lofty goal, but it should be what this team fights for over the final two weeks.
Jon Gray will take the mound on Saturday and try and earn a series win for the Rockies.He did not have a good outing last time out against the Padres and trying to improve upon that should be a key goal. He will face Edwin Jackson in what will be the second game of the series.