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The Rockies played their second double header of the year on Thursday and they yielded the same result. With a 5-1 win in the first game, the Rockies were looking good and primed for a sweep. However, they ran into a stellar start by young Jose Berrios who held them to only two hits while earning 11 run strikeouts. They did not get a good start from Chatwood and that may prove to be consequential as they are in the midst of a long road trip.
In both games the Twins had more hits than the Rockies, with Colorado getting six hits in the first game and only three in the second game with Minnesota tallying eight hits in each.
With ERA leader Ervin Santana on the mound, the first game was looking to be a pitching matchup. Santana was alright, but he did walk four and allow five runs over seven innings. German Marquez was better, but only went five innings. He allowed four hits and one run while striking out three.
The Rockies got an early lead with a solo home run from Nolan Arenado. They would score three more in the third with some walks and singles to take a 4-0 lead. They got one more run in the fourth with a double from Amarista and a single by Charlie Blackmon. Minnesota would only get one run in the game and they would lose by a score of 5-1, with Greg Holland earning his second four pitch, one out save of the series.
The second game of the series was all Minnesota with Jose Berrios dominating the Rockies. Berrios was in control the whole game and the Rockies never even really had a chance, especially with how Tyler Chatwood was pitching.
While Chatwood only gave up two runs, he did walk five and allow five hits over only five innings. The two runs kept the Rockies in the game, but his inability to get deep and his inconsistency in the strike zone raises questions towards his future in the rotation.
With Jon Gray only a couple weeks away from returning and the Rockies with the depth they have, Chatwood needs to be good otherwise he may find himself moving to the bullpen or losing his spot on the team. He will not just be nixed from the rotation, but he does need to improve or he risks a change happening.
The Rockies will need to get some innings from Tyler Anderson to preserve their bullpen. He faces off against Lisalverto Bonilla for the reds in the opener in a series the Rockies would love to take two of three again.