What a difference a day makes. Blame it on the delayed flights, the 100+ Arenado “family” in attendance or that the Rockies were finally tired of leaving runners stranded. Whatever the reason, the Rockies took their weekend frustration at the plate out on Ted Lilly and his host of pitching companions as the Rockies put up 19 hits in a 12-2 rout of the Dodgers.
While the hitting was almost flawless, it was the pitching (and hitting!) of Chatwood that almost reigned supreme.
Chatwood was flat-out masterful. From the mound he threw six scoreless innings using 95 pitches in all. He gave up five hits and struck out the same. With the bat he almost outhit the entire Dodger team, going 3-4 with two RBI’s and a run. All three of his hits were right up the middle, looking every bit as good as a silver slugger should.
The “Almost” refers to the other player who had quite a night. That would be Mr. Nolan Arenado. NoDo gave out more tickets than the average number of fans at a Marlins game, and it was a good thing he came through for his cheer section. He notched his first major league hit, as well as his first home run, a deep shot to center in the fifth. He finished with three hits, 2 RBI’s and 3 runs.
Arenado and Chatwood were just a few of those enjoying the “batting practice” being tossed in L.A. CarGo and Rosario joined them in the “three-hit” club. Dex and Rosario also joined Arenado in the HR club. The only starter that didn’t get a hit was Cuddyer, who was robbed in his last at bat by a bad call, but it is hard to argue when you are up by double-digits.
- The Dodgers used five of their normal pitchers and one position player, 2nd baseman Skip Schumaker, to pitch the nine.
- The shutout was spoiled in the seventh as Ottavino gave up a two-run shot to Jerry Hairston.
- The Rockies loaded the based like a bazillion times.
- The Rockies are back on top of the NL West with the win and the Diamondback loss to the Giants.
- 19 hits is a record for the Rockies in LA.