Flesch-Law-Recap-Denver — In what was a very back and forth affair, the Rockies bats were able to maintain some clutch hitting throughout the game and Tyler Chatwood had a bounce-back start at Coors Field.

The Padres drew first blood in the first inning, after Chatwood walked Wil Meyers and then allowed a couple of singles to Matt Kemp and Melvin Upton Jr. The Padres scored two runs in the top of the first, but the Rockies came storming back in the first inning after Carlos Gonzalez hit a screaming line drive over the right-field wall for a three-run home run. The home run was number 14 for CarGo on the year.

Both Tyler Chatwood and Erik Johnson managed to keep each offense scoreless, until the 5th inning when Jon Jay tied the game back up at three apiece with a single. Again, the Rockies responded after the Padres scored when Charlie Blackmon hit a solo shot to right field that hit halfway up the foul pole. DJ Lemahieu followed the home run with a triple to center field in between the shift, and the Carlos Gonzalez drove him home with a bloop single to left field to give the Rockies a 5-3 lead.

Tyler Chatwood continued to do Tyler Chatwood things. His night came to an end after six and two-thirds innings when Boone Logan came into the game and he struck out the first batter he faced to retire the Padres in the seventh inning. Chatwood ended his night allowing three runs on six hits and three walks, another quality start but it is notable since he had been struggling at Coors Field his last couple of outings.

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Logan stayed on the mound for the start of the eighth inning and retired the first two batters of the inning. Walt Weiss then made the call for Jason Motte out of the bullpen for a four-out save now that Jake McGee is on the disabled list. However, Motte started the ninth inning by allowing a double to Matt Kemp and then hit the next batter, so Walt Weiss yanked Motte for Carlos Estevez. 

Estevez would come on and retire the first two batters he faced, and then Dustin Garneau gunned down Travis Jankowski attempting to steal second base with some help from a great tag by DJ Lemahieu, ending the game in unique fashion. Estevez secured the first Save of his career, saying after the game that the butterflies he felt were equal to those in his debut. It was a gutsy performance from the kid, replacing an experienced veteran and delivering a moment he will never forget.

Turning Point

The fifth inning. The Rockies offense responded very quickly when the Padres tried to climb back into the game, and unlike last night, the bullpen held the lead.

Player of the Game

Carlos Gonzalez. CarGo drove in four of the team’s five runs, and his three-run home run in the first inning put the Rockies right back into the game after they were trailing the Padres early.

By the Numbers

20 – Gerardo Parra hit his 20th double of the season in today’s game.

1.62 –  Boone Logan retired three consecutive batters in today’s game, bringing his ERA down to a sparkling 1.62

1 – Carlos Estevez recorded the save with the Rockies in his very young career.

What’s Next?

Eddie Butler will take the mound for the Rockies against a former Rockie, Christian Friedrich, in the series grudge match. First pitch is at 2:10 MST.

Matan is a writer for BSN Buffs and BSN Rockies. He just graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he has been broadcasting radio play-by-play for Buffs football and basketball since his sophomore year of college. Having moved to Denver 9 years ago, Matan has grown into an avid sports fan and can talk Denver sports pretty much all day. If he’s not talking sports with someone, you can catch him on Twitter @matanhalzel