Chat and Spark Hand Padres 10th Loss

Johnny “Sparkplug” Herrera tried to get the offense going last night with a home run late in the game. Tonight he did so much more and his effort, coupled with Chatwood’s once again brilliant start, led to the Rockies snapping their losing streak off at three. Some of the ways the Sparkplug influenced tonights play:

  • 2-3 on the night with an RBI
  • Perfectly placed suicide bunt to bring Colvin home in the top of the 6th
  • Stole a bag with ease (2nd on the year)
  • Several excellent diving/spinning catch and throws in the field that led to outs
  • Seven assists on the night

While Johnny was great on both offense and defense, it was Tyler Chatwood that came out and dominated on the mound. He was exactly what the Rockies have come to expect, a solid starter that will keep the game close for as long as he is in it. The way he was pitching, not giving up a hit until deep into the fourth, it looked like he was going to possibly go the distance. Unfortunately, he ended up taking a line drive off his shin in the sixth and, while he stayed in the game, he did run into issues in the seventh and had to come out with bases loaded after having walked in the first run of the night for San Diego.

Rex Brothers took over and with his first pitch it looked like he would get Kyle Blanks to ground out, but Arenado made a rare mistake and didn’t get Blanks at first in time. It seemed like he would have had better luck if he’d let the ball go through to Johnny, who happened to have called him off, but Nolan took the grounder and double the Padres way to a run. Rex got the next batter out and the score was 4-2. Chatwood’s final line in the win was: 6.2, 5H, 2R, 3BB, 4K’s.

Matt Belisle came in and pitched a perfect 8th, throwing only 11 pitches with nine of them strikes. Betancourt did have a little glitch, giving up a one out double, but he closed out the Padres without giving up a run to earn the save and all is well with Rockies fans…at least for one night.

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jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago

Thankfully, after the game they said that Betty was ok after lunging for the bunt attempt – no groin reinjury, and Chatwood was sore but should make his next start without a problem…

Have i said today how much I really love the Padres? 🙂

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

After all the vitriol in the past few threads,allow me to interject a comment sure to “angry up the blood” of the die-hards here.DOD may have gotten the Iannetta for Chatwood trade right.The kid shows the potential to be everything we hprd Pom would be-but isn’t.If the Rox can lock him down long term[a dangerwith pitchers as we all know],he looks like an Ace in the making.

trip
trip
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

I agree with you, BIB DoD did well on this trade. I mentioned in the other thread he has been lucky enough to find some starters. But there is no depth behind those starters. Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn on occasion. BIB DoD was hired in September of 1999. Since then the records are as follows. 82 80 – 2000 73 89 – 2001 73 89 – 2002 74 88 – 2003 68 94 – 2004 67 95… Read more »

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

Glad to see the props for Sparkplug. Loved not only the call, but the execution on the squeeze play. I feel like Sparkplug’s under-rated, the guy comes to the park with his lunchbox ready to play everyday. It was nice to dream (if only for one night) of a Padres sweep and the Dodgers taking care of the D-backs for 2 more games…

Doc
Doc
7 years ago

Props to both of them. Chat really showed me something when he refused to leave the mound. Always loved Sparkplug who used properly (playing at least 5 times a week and giving the other infielders a break) lives up to his nickname. Rox need more tough guys like these too.

Any guesses who we’ll throw out against Kershaw on Friday?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

The bunt was a good call. Do not underestimate the bunt! In the top of the fifth our leadoff man got on base. The second hitter did not bunt and hit into a DP. The following hitter, Cuddyer, had a single and then a wild pitch. No one scored that inning. Had DJLM bunted Dickerson over then not only would Dickerson have scored on either the single or the wild pitch but you’d have 1 less out. I know there… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

I don’t have any problem with the bunt after the first batter up reaches first base. There is nothing wrong with moving him into scoring position. The problem that I have is when the first batter doubles and the next batter wastes an out by bunting him to third base. He was already in scoring position. Every time that I have watched this situation they typically only score one run in that inning and it is usually by a hit… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Prog. I think there are times for small and there are times for long ball. Last night in the situation you mention it was a perfect time for small ball especially with the Rockies not scorning runs and with the need to add on. And DJ was having a tough night. As for Chatwood yes he seems like a keeper. I’m impressed by his toughness and his ability which has surprised me. Giving long term contracts to pitchers is always… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I suggested that switch early last year to much disagreement here.Yorvit is having a good year and should be able to catch every other day.Pachecho,McBride could fill in till we could pickup a veteran backup[of course we’ve traded at least 4/5 of those in the past couple of years].With no Todd backup on the farm this might be an idea to implement-especially if we drop out of serious contention.

Doc
Doc
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Gary, my problem with moving Rosario is that the guy has hands of stone. I can’t imagine him digging out any bad throws. Either way he’s a work in progress.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

The leadoff double situation I can see bunting if the second batter is someone like Fowler or Rutledge who are pretty decent runners and can maybe get the single out of it. A bunt isn’t necessarily an automatic out for those guys and they can create a rushed errant throw that might score the runner.

Other than that scenario, I agree it probably isn’t worth the out.

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago

According to Renck, Joe Gardner has been placed on waivers. Wonder who in upper management he pissed off?

https://twitter.com/TroyRenck/status/354671692993409024

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

I imagine its the room on the 40 man roster thing. A deal in the works?? Xavier Nady being called up?? Of course room could be made by simply shifting Oswalt to the 60 day DL (which doesn’t count against the 40 man) since no one really believes he’ll pitch again till September (or maybe ever). Gardner is no great loss …

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Doesn’t he have at least some trade value though? Zero, ziltch, nada… I have a hard time believing that.

Management always gets such minimal or zero return on outgoing players that it really harms the overall club.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

…or the 29-year old uber prospect Josh Sullivan, who ‘s been on the CS DL since late April. What exactly is it about this guy that the Rox brass likes that they keep him around taking up roster space?

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Bob,

They’re just clearing 40-man roster space. They must be ready to make other changes to add someone who isn’t on the 40-man roster, perhaps Nady.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Did Renck really write “…Rockies could use somebody flexibility on 40-man roster”? I know it’s twitter but a guy who writes for a living should write better than that.

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

OK, the Ubaldo deal is now essentially Pomerantz, Lopez (who we got for Alex White) and McBride for Ubaldo. Is McBride injured? I haven’t seen him in a boxscore for quite q while.

Also, is Matthes injured? I haven’t seen him in a boxscore for a while either.

pooter
pooter
7 years ago

all I have to say about the lineup tonight is Chacin better be lights out

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

Reason Joe Gardner released was to make room for Mitchel Boggs. Got him in trade giving up cheap international signing slot.

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