San Diego — Tyler Chatwood’s sinker and bat were both alive and well tonight, and that was music to the Colorado Rockies ears as they hung on to defeat the San Diego Padres, 4-1.
The victory followed an absolutely disastrous loss from the night before, so the Rockies were delighted to see Chatwood turn in yet another excellent start on the road. Through the first four innings, Chatwood’s lone blemish was a solo home run off the bat of Alex Dickerson. In fact, it was the only hit that Chatwood allowed through the first four innings.
However, Charlie Blackmon mashed a two-run home run down the right-field line in the third inning off of Luis Perdomo to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead. The home run was Charlie’s 24th of the season, and he is now one home run behind Carlos Gonzalez, good for third place on the Rockies.
In the fifth inning, it appeared Chatwood was starting to lose his control. He allowed a single to Luis Sardinas and then walked Luis Perdomo, but then he struck out Travis Jankowski looking on a nasty sinker at his knees. In the sixth, Chatwood ran into more trouble when he allowed a leadoff single to Jon Jay. But he got some help from his defense when Jon Jay tried to go first-to-third on a Wil Myers groundout and Mark Reynolds gunned Jay down at third base.
In the top of the seventh, Chatwood helped himself out at the plate with a clutch two-run triple with two outs to increase the Rockies lead to 4-1.
Chatwood recorded the first two outs in the seventh inning but allowed a double to Sardinas and Walt Weiss elected to pull Chatwood and get Jake McGee out of the bullpen. McGee got his man and the score stayed at 4-1.
Boone Logan held the Padres scoreless in the eighth inning with some filthy offspeed stuff, and Adam Ottavino was equally as nasty in the ninth setting the Padres dow 1-2-3, securing the win for the Rockies.
Player of the Game
Tyler Chatwood. After getting roughed up in his last two starts, Chatwood responded very nicely in this outing when the Rockies needed a victory. Chatwood pitched six innings, allowing only one run on four hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. Throw in a two-run triple at the plate too? A great game for Chatty.
By the Numbers
26 – DJ Lemahieu extended his on-base streak to 26 games with a single in the third inning.
2 – Of their last 11 games against teams below .500, the Rockies have won only 2 of them, including this game.
1 – Tyler Chatwood hit the first triple in his career in the seventh inning.
Jon Gray will take on Christian Friedrich in the third game of the series tomorrow night. First pitch at 6:40 MST.