It broke your heart, just a little, to see Jhoulys Chacin come out of the game in the ninth inning with one out left in the game. To be sad that a Rockies starter would come out in the ninth inning of ANY game is an emotion few fans have felt, at least for a very long time. But after his flat out dominant pitching performance, especially against the hated Philies, every Rockies faithful felt the hope of a complete game shutout.
To put his dominance in perspective: he pitched 8 2/3 innings and had only thrown 86 pitches. Of those 86 pitches 69 of them were strikes!!! He was poised to put the Philies away on a 5-0 shutout, but after getting Laynce Nix out on an excellent play by DJ at second he gave up a single to Revere that was just out of the reach of Cuddy. He got Frandsen to ground out, but Revere advanced to second and then Rollins doubled him home. Howard was up next and singled Rollins home and the score was 5-2 and Weiss took the ball from Chacin and his night was done.
It was the first time, in a long time, that the fans were booing and it wasn’t because of a bad performance. The boos were directed at Weiss for pulling him out instead of letting him finish the game. The standing ovation, and Chacin’s hat tip to the crowd, made it easier to take. The icing on the cake was Brothers shutting Domonic “The Giant” Brown down and high fives all around.
The offense wasn’t dormant either, which could have happened given the outburst of hits and runs from Saturday nights 10 run win. Baby Bull started it off with a home run to left, an absolute bullet, and that was the only run scored until the seventh. Cargo hit his 20th home run into the Rockies bullpen racking up 2 RBI’s and Jordan and Nolan both notched the other 2 RBI’s. Josh Rutledge continued to play cold and DJ LeMahieu didn’t notch a hit either.
The Fathers Day win was not only a series win against the Philies, who the Rockies haven’t beat (series wise) since 2007, but it also salvaged the home series for the Rockies with a 5-5 split. And the game time of 2:18 was a nice little gift to all of the fathers. It wasn’t quite as fast as the record for Rockies, that would be Aaron Cook using 74 pitches and 1 hour and 58 minutes to shutout the Padres on July 1st, 2008.