Big Mike Strike

Things didn’t go as planned from the start for Tyler Chatwood.  The Colorado Rockies’ right-hander gave-up singles to Miami lead-off hitter Bryan Petersen, Gorkys Hernandez and Jose Reyes, Petersen scoring, before getting Carlos Lee to line-out to left-fielder Eric Young Jr.  Giancarlo Stanton strode to the plate and drove Chatwood’s second pitch, a 95 MPH fastball, 448 feet, bouncing it off the outfield concourse, between the restrooms and the Helton Burger stand, and into the player’s parking lot, where it came to rest against a fence.  It was Stanton’s sixth home run in six career games at Coors Field, a major-league first.  Despite scoring 2 in the eighth and ninth, the Rockies fell to the Marlins
6-5 Saturday night in Lodo.

Miami came right back at Chatwood in the second.  Rival Nathan Eovaldi singled with one out, Petersen moved him up on the second of his three hits, and after a ground out by Hernandez, Reyes tripled the runners home on a drive to left field that caromed-off the third-base line wall and eluded Young, and bounded off the outfield wall before he could corral it.  Chatwood regrouped and handled the third and fourth without further incident, but took the loss, throwing 71 pitches, 48 strikes.

Colorado had a number of chances to come back.  They scored once in the fourth when Dexter Fowler walked, advanced to third on a Michael Cuddyer single, and after Wilin Rosario flew-out, scored on a double by Tyler Colvin, who went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI.  The Rockies left Cuddyer at third and Colvin at second however, as Jordan Pacheco lined-out to second after nearly homering on a shot down the third-base line, and DJ Le Mahieu grounded to first.  They put runners at first and second in the fifth on singles by Josh Rutledge and Fowler with two out, but Cuddyer, who re-strained the oblique muscle that put him on the DL, flew-out to Stanton in right.  Rosario led-off the sixth with a double but stayed put as Eovaldi retired Colvin, Pacheco, and pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon.

Eovaldi went 6 2/3 for Miami, allowing one run on 6 hits.  He walked 4 but struck-out 3.

Colorado made it 6-3 in the eighth.  Rosario walked and moved to second on a single by Colvin. Pacheco singled him home and moved Colvin to third, prompting Marlins’ skipper Ozzie Guillen to replace Chad Gaudin, who had come-on for Eovaldi, with former closer Heath Bell.  Bell struck-out pinch-hitter Ramon Hernandez, but Chris Nelson, in earlier on a double-switch, knocked Colvin home with a sacrifice fly to center-field.  In the ninth with Steve Cishek on in place of Bell, Fowler singled with one out, then after moving to second on a ground-out by pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera, moved to third on a single by Rosario, who went 2 for 4.  Rosario moved-up on defensive indifference and he and Fowler scored on Colvin’s single, making the score 6-5.  Cishek and Miami survived however, as Pacheco bounced to Lee to close things out.

Carlos Torres, Will Harris, Matt Reynolds and Guillermo Moscoso held the Marlins at bay for five innings after Chatwood left for the Rockies, who’ll look for a split in the four game series that wraps up with a 1:10 pm MDT contest at Coors Field Sunday afternoon.  Colorado will send left-hander Drew Pomeranz up against Miami ace Josh Johnson.

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