Colorado got off to a quick start knocking in two runs with two outs in the first inning off Edwin Jackson. Per their tradition, they put the bats away for the rest of the game. They had only two hits and two walks the rest of the way after the first inning. Fortunately the pitchers in purple pinstripes did just enough to hang on for a 4-3 nail-biting victory over the Cubs.
CarGo had a run-scoring single in the first inning to drive in Charlie Blackmon who doubled earlier. Money followed with a double to score CarGo. Fast forward to the sixth inning when Chicago tied the score at 2-2 on a solo homer by Anthony Rizzo and a sacrifice fly.
Colorado got two runs back in the bottom of the sixth inning when CarGo and Money walked with two outs that were the only walks issued by Jackson in his seven innings of work. NoDo came up with the one timely hit that Colorado needed so badly with a line drive to center field that rookie Junior Lake airmailed to allow Money to go all the way home for the Rockies’ fourth run. NoDo’s hit was only the team’s second hit after the first inning.
Tyler Chatwood finished six innings in which he was effectively wild before handing the ball to the bullpen. They were also effectively wild over the last three innings. Each member gave up one hit and one walk except for Edgmer Escalona who induced a pop up by Soriano and a fly out by Schierholz to end the seventh inning threat. Matt Belisle left two runners stranded in the eighth inning. Closer Rex Brothers allowed a lead off double to Starlin Castro before picking up his fifth save of the season despite giving up a run.
The Rockies improved to 48-51 overall and 2-1 on the current 10-game home stand. The Rockies remain in third place 3.5 games back of Arizona. The Dodgers continued to roll, sweeping the Nationals in D.C. It’s been pitching that has carried the Rockies over the last couple of weeks. The offense needs to catch up to pitching if they want to stay in touch with the Dodgers and Arizona. Miami comes to Denver for a four game set starting tomorrow night. Pom Pom will take the ball on the hill to disprove that he has a new secondary pitch – the slider. Pom Pom will need a lot of offensive support.