The Rockies enter the all star break on a good note with a split of a four game series in Los Angeles. Jhoulys Chacin gave them a quality start pitching through a tough six innings with some Gold Glove help behind him. egossage’s star, William, started the game with a double and was brought home on Money’s two-out RBI single for the game’s first run. Colorado added two more runs with one swing by the Home Run Derby participant, Money, after CarGo reached on a hit by pitch. Three runs was enough for a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers.
Pitching and defense finished the job on the Dodgers to gain a split and a game on Arizona in the Wild West. William caught A.J. Ellis’ loud fly ball off the top of the wall to save a XBH. CarGo made several tough running catches in the left field to keep the Dodgers at bay. Chacin went six innings giving up six hits and three walks. Half of the hits were singles in the fifth inning that led to Los Angeles’ only run of the game.
The biggest threat for Chacin came in the sixth inning when Ethier led off with a four-pitch walk which was followed by Ellis’ long drive to the warning track that CarGo reeled in. Scott Van Slyke singled up the middle to put Chacin on his heels with a two on and one out situation. Walt Weiss popped out of the dugout presumably to make a pitching change, only to tell him to finish up the inning. He responded by striking out Jerry Hairston and inducing Dweeb into a deep fly reeled in by William at the warning track.
Rex Brothers was called upon to pitch in the seventh due to the fact that the first two of the three hitters were left-handed. One-two-three. Ditto for Matt Belisle in the eighth inning. His velocity was back up to 92 on fastballs. Ditto for Rafael Betancourt. Game, set, match.
It may not feel like it, but the Rockies did finish a critical 10-game road trip with a 4-6 record. They finish the first half at 46-50, 4.5 games behind Arizona while sitting in third place ahead of the Giants and Padres. The Rockies have a chance to stay in contention well into September with the top three pitchers(Chacin, JDLR, and Chatwood) of the rotation established. On the offensive side, everyone is getting healthy and the lineup is pretty much set except for one weak link – first base. Let’s see if the inept management can land a first baseman to give the men in purple a fighting chance in September and possibly Rocktober. The Rockies start the second half Friday with a ten-game homestand against teams(Cubs, Marlins, Brewers) that have losing records.