DENVER – Colorado Rockies starter Chad Bettis may well have been pitching to stay in the rotation down the stretch.
After his brutal outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first game back off the Disabled List, questions were starting to rise about whether or not Colorado had time to let him get right, or if he might better be served coming out of the bullpen.
For at least one day, though, such conversations can be put to rest. Bettis looked like the version of himself that was this club’s best pitcher over the first two months, pitching over six innings of high-quality baseball against the deadly Los Angeles Dodgers lineup.
His phenomenal work resulted in a win despite the bullpen giving the 3-0 lead back. Chris Iannetta drew a bases loaded walk in the ninth to give Colorado their second straight walk-off win by a score of 4-3.
The Rockies took advantage of some Dodger mistakes in the bottom of the first, scoring the opening salvo without the benefit of a hit. Charlie Blackmon reached first when Chris Taylor dropped a pop fly behind second base. He moved to second on a passed ball and over to third on a well-executed groundball to the right side off the bat of DJ LeMahieu.
Trevor Story made it two consecutive productive outs for the Rockies when he hit a fly ball to right field that was just deep enough to score Blackmon ahead of Yasiel Puig’s excellent throw.
Bettis ran into his first bit of trouble in the fourth after back-to-back singles from Puig and Cody Bellinger with one out. But Bettis got Rockie-killer Matt Kemp to fly out to right and Chris Taylor to do the same to center, ending the threat.