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The Rockies scored four runs in the second inning and recorded five hits in the inning to take a 4-1 lead. Fortunately, that was the only offense they needed as Tyler Chatwood was great once again on the road. Along with Chatwood, the bullpen shut down the Cubs and the Rockies came away with a 4-1 series opening win.
Jon Lester started the second inning with two strikeouts, both looking, but after that Colorado started a rally. Tony Wolters hustled out an infield single and Tyler Chatwood followed that up with a linter through the five-and-a-half hole. On an 0-2 pitch, Charlie Blackmon chipped a ball to short left field that fell. Wolters score and Blackmon ended up on a second with an excuse me RBI double.
DJ LeMahieu, a former Cub, then came around to burn his old time once again. LeMahieu smacked a ball to right field that got over the right field wall for a three run homer, his 3rd home run of the year. That would be all the offense the Rockies needed, and it was also all they would get, as they did not record another hit after the second inning.
Tyler Chatwood was not his best, but he was good and he managed six innings in the end. Chatwood walked two, allowed four hits and one run on a Kris Bryant home run, and struck out four. It was yet another start where Chatwood was good on the road which reinforces just what happens when he comes home to 20th and Blake. For now, it is not something to worry about, that is at least until his next home start.
The bullpen was terrific on Thursday with Scott Oberg, Jake McGee, and Greg Holland manning the final three innings. Holland was a little shaky in the ninth, throwing six balls for his first six pitches, but after the leadoff walk he settled down to get the next three batters. It was Holland’s league leading 22nd save, out of 22 opportunities as well.
Colorado sends German Marquez out against Mike Montgomery who is filling in for injured Kyle Hendricks. Colorado has won five straight and is atop the NL West, two games over the Diamondbacks and two and a half over the Dodgers.