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Inconsistency for a pitcher means good starts scattered with bad starts. That is why Chatwood has been defined as inconsistent and with a bad start his last couple times out, he was due for one of his good starts. Instead of good, Chatwood went with terrific as he went eight innings in San Diego to completely dominate the Padres. With his performance and an offensive outbreak, the Rockies took the second game of the series easily against the Padres.
With a couple big innings late, and a grand slam by Ian Desmond, the Rockies got all the offense they needed to take this one from San Diego. They ended with a win by a score of 10-1 outhitting San Diego by a margin of 9, tallying 13 hits on the afternoon. The Rockies had every start reach base at least once and all but three starters scoring a run to drive the offensive performance.
The scoring started for Colorado in the fourth after a costly error by Yangervis Solarte. Solarte dropped a high pop up from Cargo that turned into a run scored after Gerardo Parra drove in Cargo with a single.
The Rockies would get a couple more in the fifth with some key two out runs. With Tyler Chatwood doubling, DJ LeMahieu was able to drive him in to bring the Rockies lead to 2-0. Nolan Arenado then demolished a ball to the second deck in left field for his 14th homer of the year.
The biggest inning came in the seventh when Charlie and DJ singled and Cargo walked to load the bases. With a crowded infield, Ian Desmond took it into his hands to clear the bases with one swing. The grand-slam by Desmond was his third homer of the year, all of them coming in two games at Petco Park. The Rockies would score two more in the eighth behind a single and sac fly.
The start against San Diego was Chatwood’s best of the year in three starts and one of his best of the year. Chatwood would go eight innings while allowing only one run that came on a solo shot. The Padres earned only four hits against Chatty and struck out eight times against only one walk. The start by Chatwood was needed, both to prove that he deserves to stay in the rotation and to keep the Rockies from losing the series in San Diego.
With the Saturday win, the Rockies have a chance to take the series with their recent call up on the mound. After sending Tyler Anderson to the DL, the Rockies called up Jeff Hoffman to make a start and likely take over the rotation spot for at least a couple of starts for Anderson. Hoffman has been terrific in his limited time, and the Rockies would love to have that again and take the series from San Diego.