DENVER – On paper, the pitching matchup on Coors Field for Tuesday night was nothing short of inspirational.

Chad Bettis facing off against Jameson Taillon in a battle of testicular cancer survivors had emotions running high before even a single pitch was thrown.

No matter how you look at it, this faceoff was a testament to the enduring nature of the human spirit.

Unfortunately for those looking for a tight contest that showcased how each could return to elite form after such an ordeal, Bettis simply did not have it in his first game back after missing a month with a finger blister.

In order to combat the possibility of a recurrence of that injury, Bettis changed the grip on his fastball. Whether it was that or just a matter of rusty mechanics, he could not find consistency of any kind on the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates who responded to getting shut out in the first game of the series with an emphatic 10-2 win.

Taillon, on the other hand, was superb, pitching a complete game with just one blemished inning.

Bettis threw only 10 pitches in the top of the first but one of them was hammered by Starling Marte deep over the high wall in right-center field for a solo home run that gave the Pirates an early advantage.

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Drew Creasman

Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.