A day after Tyler Anderson gave the Rockies a quality outing, another Tyler did the same thing. This time it was Tyler Chatwood who went out and had his best start of the year and his best home start in quite some time. Last season Chatwood had a 6.12 ERA and this year he was not doing any better with a 7.16 ERA. Fortunately for him and the Rockies, he was able to go out and pitch for seven strong innings before being removed in the eighth after a single that hit him.
The start for Chatwood gave him the win and he would have exited without allowing a run if it were not for the run scoring single that came against Ottavino in the eighth. Chatwood allowed only two hits and walked three on the afternoon, but he did not allow a run scoring hit during his time.
The Rockies scored five runs on the afternoon, with four of them coming from the homer. They also had nine hits, but only four players recorded a hit in the game with each of those players earning at least two. Blackmon had three hits, including a solo shot in the seventh. Mark Reynolds and Pat Valaika each had two hits and a home run, Reynolds with the solo shot and Valaika with a two-run homer, and Trevor Story had the other two hits for the Rockies.
The offense paired with the pitching gave the Rockies their 20th win on the season, and the second best record in the NL behind only the Nationals. The Rockies are looking good and playing even better, despite injury troubles that have plagued them early. Many of their offseason moves are proving to be fruitful as Reynolds has absolutely raked early, Dunn has been an outstanding setup man, Desmond is already showing how versatile he is, and Greg Holland is the leading closer in the Majors.
The Rockies will now take on the Cubs at home, but the Cubs have struggled against the Yankees over the past few games and will be hungry to get back on track. Senzatela and Arrieta will square off in game one in this battle of top teams.