The resilient Rockies had an easy time tonight after a disastrous 5-4 loss the previous night. Juan Nicasio went seven shutout innings on just 95 pitches. “Bad” Bettis finished the game on 40 pitches while giving up four earned runs. @dondingee tweeted, “major league velocity + minor league movement and location + major league hitter = vulnerability in #Rockies bullpen”. He obviously was speaking of Bettis.
Nicasio helped himself with three RBIs on a two-run single in the 2nd and a sacrifice fly in the 4th to stake Colorado to a 4-0 lead on losing pitcher Bartolo Colon. CarGo hit a solo home run in the first inning and he later left the game with a swollen finger (not the same hand as the injury last year). Corey Dickerson continued to swing a good bat with three hits including a RBI triple. NoDo extended his hit streak to 21 which is six short of the club record held by Money in 2013. NoDo made two more amazing plays (catching a wind-blown foul pop going over the tarp and David Wright’s chopper that was caught on short hop going into foul territory and thrown to first base right on the money) which are becoming routine on a nightly basis.
The Rockies improved to 17-13 sitting in third place behind the Dodgers (17-12) and Giants (17-11). The last three years the Rockies have played badly in the month of May, so this is a good start. They also confirmed that Jhoulys Chacin will make his first start Sunday replacing Tyler Chatwood in the rotation. Tomorrow night Zach Wheeler will face Jorge De la Rosa as the Rockies seek to continue their winning ways.