Tyler Chatwood was terrific on Wednesday night. Despite four walks in the game, Chatwood struck out eight while allowing only one hit to the Phillies over seven terrific innings. It is yet another start for the Rockies where they get at least six innings out of their pitcher while allowing one run or less.
Not only was it another pitching performance, the offense showed up again with seven runs, all in one inning. Every Rockies starter had a hit, including Chatwood, and all but Chatwood and Parra scored a run. That shows the offense doing their job from top to bottom as everyone performed and did what they had to do.
The seven runs came in the third inning, an inning in which the Rockies would hit for the cycle. The inning started with a Trevor Story double, his only hit on the day but one of three times he would reach base, the others coming on two walks. Tony Wolters would walk and Chatwood would execute the sac bunt to advance the runners. The always reliable Chuck Nazty then drove in both with a liner up the middle for his 41st and 42nd RBI on the year, a league lead. DJ and Nolan would both single after Blackmon, with Nolan’s single driving in a run.
Cargo would then come to the plate and solidify that he has broken from his slump. On a 2-1 count, Cargo would smash a quick home run, a three-run shot to give the Rockies their sixth run in the game. It was one of three hits for Cargo on the night, a night where he would raise his average to .252. Parra would drive in the last run of the inning, a sac fly that scored Ian Desmond who had tripled.
Mike Dunn would eventually give up a two run homer to end the shutout for the Rockies in the seventh, but it was nearly enough to slow the Rockies down as they won their third game in the series.
They go for the sweep on Thursday with some day baseball and Tyler Anderson on the mound. With the Rockies rolling, this would be an excellent time for their second sweep of the year, especially with the Diamondbacks hot on their trail.