All RWOers can look forward to going to the office tomorrow with an extra bounce in their steps. Just like the Rockies are going to have a happy flight to Cincinnati for a three-game set starting tomorrow. The Rockies played clean baseball and probably played the best game all year in a 2-0 shutout over the Chicago Cubs.
Tyler Chatwood mowed down the mighty Cubs lineup like they are still in AAA league. He gave up only two hits and a walk over seven shutout innings. He joined Chettis and Christian Bergman in giving the Rockies impressive performances by the starting pitchers against the hottest team. The rotation gave up only two runs total over three games. That allowed the Rockies to use their bullpen to close out the games. Take away David Hale’s three-run dismal effort and the bullpen has allowed only two runs over three games.
Nolan put in routine work at the office today. He hit two solo homers to provide the margin of victory. The defense helped the pitchers in support of the shutout. CarGo made a sliding and difficult catch against the brick wall along the foul line. In the ninth, Tulo2.7 stabbed Dexter Fowler’s one-hopper bullet and got him for the first out. Who needs the original Tulo??
The Rockies improved to 3-1 in series play on the season and 7-5 overall. It is quite a feat when you win two consecutive series against the hottest teams coming into the series. That will be ten times more impressive if that happens in late summer. They will be in second place half a game out of first after tonight’s game between the Dodgers and Giants.
Colorado will have Jordan Lyles, JDLR, and Chettis in the three-game series starting tomorrow night. They hope to continue their momentum to keep picking up series wins and road wins. Take away the two bad games against San Diego and the Rockies are playing better than projected. Caveat – that normally happens in April. Let’s see that in July and August.