The Rockies finally figured out one of the issues plaguing them this season, at least in time to salvage a series against the Dodgers. Looking at getting swept at home, the lineup top-to-bottom found their stroke in critical situations and while going 6-12 with runners in scoring position isn’t perfect, it sure did the job on the 4th of July.
Chacin took the mound to try and right-the-ship, and was pretty sloppy for the first five innings before getting into more trouble than he could handle in the sixth. He gave up a couple runs in the second on a Kemp two-run shot, but it was the nine hits and three walks that made one nervous. He did step up in a big way in the third with bases loaded and only one out in his column. He got Federowicz to pop-out and then Punto to strike out to shut down the threat. His final line (5 2/3 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K’s) wasn’t what the doctor ordered, but thankfully the offense picked him up all night and he was able to get the win to bring his record to 9-3.
All of the starters got at least one hit, except for Nolan Arenado. DJ was 3-4 and Cuddy went 2-3 with an HR and 3 RBI’s. CarGo did tweak his back on a big swing in the fifth and eventually left the game. He is listed as day-to-day and has said he will most likely play Friday.
The Rox are heading to Arizona next to take on the division leading Diamondbacks. They sit 2.5 games back from the league leading DBacks in the tightest division in the majors.