Fresh off of their best stretch of the season against some spectacular starting pitching as of late, the Colorado Rockies continued to play competitive baseball, and ground out another impressive victory against the young and talented lefty, Steven Matz beating the New York Mets 6-1.
The Rockies bats got things started early on against Matz in the first inning. Charlie Blackmon led off the ballgame with a bloop single to left the field, and DJ Lemahieu followed Blackmon with a fielder’s choice ground ball. However, Lemahieu proceeded to steal second base, his ninth of the season, and then advanced to third base on a Nolan Arenado ground out. Carlos Gonzalez got the job done when he smacked a double to left the field, driving Lemahieu home and giving the Rockies a quick 1-0 lead.
Tyler Chatwood was effective in his last start for the Rockies, but struggled mightily with his control and lasted only five innings while allowing eight walks. Chatwood continued to struggle with his control in this game as well
Chatwood allowed a solo home run to James Loney in the first inning, and then nearly imploded in the second when he nearly walked in a run with the bases loaded, but got out of the jam with a Curtis Granderson infield-popup, to keep the game tied 1-1 heading into the third.
The Rockies had a golden opportunity to regain the lead in the third inning after Blackmon led things off with a double and then stole third base, but Lemahieu followed with a walk, and then Arenado popped out (again), CarGo struck out swinging and Trevor Story struck out looking.
Thankfully for the Rockies, Chatwood began to settle down after allowing three combined walks in the first two innings. Chatwood did not allow a run in the next three innings, and although he was not at his absolute best throughout the contest, he pitched effectively and kept the Rockies in the game.
It was not until the sixth inning that the Rockies bats struck again. Trevor Story led off the inning with a single, and Mark Reynolds followed Story with a double, putting runners on second and third. David Dahl couldn’t get the job done, but Nick Hundley did with a line drive single, which brought Story home, giving the Rockies a 2-1 lead.
Mark Reynolds tallied another run in the seventh when he rocketed a line drive deep into the left-field stands, his eleventh big fly of the season, making the score 3-1.
Chatwood extended his solid outing through the seventh inning, allowing only one hit and one walk following the bases loaded jam in the second inning. Chatwood regained control of his fastball as the game progressed and had his change-up working effectively for most of the night. He allowed only one run on three hits and four walks and had four strikeouts as well.
Chatwood’s exit after the seventh inning made way for Jake McGee in the eighth. McGee allowed a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Alejandro De Aza, and then another single to Granderson to put runners on first and second. That was enough for Walt Weiss, so he yanked McGee in the midst of a jam for Scott Oberg for the second game in a row.
Oberg, the newfound magician with RISP (runners in scoring position) needed only three pitches to record three outs in the bottom half of the eighth. Needless to say, McGee owes Oberg some prime rib or filet mignon.
And much to the Rockies delight, CarGo saved the best for last and hit a moonshot on a line, and our sources are telling us that the ball still has not landed. It was a three-run blast, giving the Rockies a 6-1 lead.
Carlos Estevez was not needed tonight, and the Rockies extended their winning streak to four games and have now taken eight-of-their-last-nine contests.
Player of the Game
Carlos Gonzalez. A four-RBI night, and a three-run bomb? Game. Set. Match.
By the Numbers
5 – This was David Dahl’s 5th game in his young career, and he now owns a 5-game hitting streak
11 – The Rockies have now won 11 games since the All-Star break, posting an 11-4 record
The Rockies look to run their winning streak to 5 games in the third game of this 4-game series tomorrow in a battle of veteran arms. It’s Jorge De La Rosa vs. Bartolo Colon at 5:10 MST, back in the ‘Big Apple’.