With their win on Friday night, the Rockies have guaranteed themselves a .500 season. This is their first such season in seven years and is a great sign not only of how this year has gone, but of the future. With their young staff, potent offense, and minor league players ready to go, the Rockies will (hopefully) be good for years to come.
The win on Friday came in large part due to Tyler Chatwood pitching a fantastic game. While he did not get the quality start, falling only one out short of it, he did keep the Padres down, allowing only one run and walking only one as well. It was a really solid start by Chatty who has not been good at home and the Rockies offense backed him up plenty.
This game was largely one by Chatwood, both on the mound and with what he did with the bat. With two outs in the second inning, the Rockies started to rally. Cargo singled and Mark Reynolds doubled to put runners at second and third. With Lucroy batting eighth, the Padres opted to walk him to face Chatwood, and he would make them regret that decision. Chatty then singled in two runs to give himself and the Rockies bullpen all the offense they would need.
DJ LeMahieu, batting first with Charlie getting the day off, then tripled in two more to give the Rockies a 4-0 lead at the time. The Rockies would get two more runs in the game, one from Nolan Arenado’s solo home run and another on a sac fly that scored Trevor Story after his triple.
While the Rockies did have two errors during the game, they got some double plays as well to keep the Padres from rallying. The errors came from the normally solid left side of the infield, with both Story and Arenado getting errors, but even the greats make mistakes.
The Rockies will go for the series win as they face former Rockie Jordan Lyles. Tyler Anderson goes for Colorado in what is an important game for the Rockies so that they stay ahead of the Brewers in the playoff race.