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.