The Colorado Rockies bounced back from a dismal Friday night collapse to lay a 10-5 pasting on the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday afternoon at Coors Field in Denver. Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.33), returning from triceps soreness, bobbed and weaved through the top of the 1st, escaping down only a run thanks largely to another garden-variety outfield assist at the plate by left-fielder Carlos Gonzalez. The Rockies bolstered the right-hander with a 6-spot in the bottom of the inning off Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.40), which they backed-up with one in the 3rd and 3 in the 4th.
Josh Rutledge, who forgot his party shoes and went 0-6, popped-up to lead things off for Colorado. Jordan Pacheco followed with a single and promptly scored on a double by Gonzalez. It was Cargo’s 5th consecutive hit since taking a line-shot to the foot in the on-deck circle Thursday. Big Money Michael Cuddyer drove-in Gonzalez with a single, then Wilin Rosario lined a triple to center-field to make it 3-1 Rockies. Ty Colvin did Rosario one better with a 2-run homer to deep right center-field, then the Phillies rolled-out the bootsy. Nolan Arenado singled and DJ LeMahieu grounded into a force. With Chatwood batting, LeMahieu stole 2nd, then Chatwood grounded a single to 1st-baseman Ryan Howard, who lost the handle on the ball in foul territory. Catcher Humberto Quintero retrieved it and heaved-it up the left-field line attempting to nab LeMahieu at 3rd, and he scampered in to score Colorado’s 6th run of the inning.
Rosario, who was 3-4 with a walk, doubled leading-off the 3rd and scored on a single by Arenado, who went 3-5. In the 4th Cuddyer walked with 2 out and scored on Rosario’s second double (to go with the triple). Rosario scored after singles by Colvin and Arenado, and Colvin came home with the 10th run after a walk to LeMahieu and Chatwood’s second single. The pitcher was 2-2.
Colorado manager Walt Weiss decided to play it safe with Chatwood, pulling him after 5 innings. Chatwood threw 84 pitches (50 strikes), and gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. Adam Ottavino came-on and held Philadelphia down in the 6th and 7th, then Weiss turned to Chris Volstad, who apparently prefers the short drive to Colorado Springs over the long flight to Toronto. Customs and all that, eh? Volstad was horrible, surrendering 3 runs on 4 hits and running his ERA up to 10.80. Josh Outman cemented the win with a 1-2-3 9th.
So there’s a rubber game between the two squads on Sunday afternoon at 2:10 MDT. The Phillies will send-out tough lefty Cole Hamels (2-9, 4.45), who’s suffering through the worst season of his 8-year career. Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.52), will be looking to build on the win he earned Tuesday against the Nationals as he continues to search for the early-season form that saw him go 3-0 in April.