Pitching, Small Ball, and Defense Equal Win

After playing the Giants, Colorado faced another offensive juggernaut in Chicago.  Chettis was up to the challenge, throwing six shutout innings on three hits and three walks in a 6-1 victory.  Chad Qualls, possibly the weakest link in the bullpen, gave up a run in the seventh.  Boone Logan and Justin Miller both pitched a 1-2-3 inning to close out the game.  Miller had three strikeouts today after struggling in last night’s outing.

The Rockies had no extra base hits, but put together ten singles and three free passes with the aid of four Cubs errors to scratch out six runs over four different innings.  It was the first time this year, they really played small ball style baseball.  They were successful in all three base stealing attempt.  An unknown fact is that Tony Wolters, (yes a catcher by trade), stole three bases already.

The defense played a big part behind Chettis.  CarGo and Geraldo Parra robbed the Cubs of hits with their diving catch.  At a critical juncture of the game in the bottom of fifth with runners on the corners, Ben Paulsen and Wolters combined to snuff out a safety  squeeze at the plate to keep the score 1-0 in favor of the Rockies.  This was not the only thing Wolters did as he nailed another base thief.  The bad news is that a Rockies pitcher made yet another error today.  Take away the pitchers’ fielding and the Rockies would be far and away the best defensive team in baseball.

The Rockies improved to 6-4 and 3-1 away from home.  Are you ready for this???? Drum roll….the Rockies are tied for first place with the Dodgers and Giants.  They will enjoy this for a few hours before the inevitable downward spiral starts as the Dodgers (Kershaw) play the Giants (MadBum) tonight.  When they wake up tomorrow they will be slotted between the Dodgers and Giants in second place.  Jake Arietta toes the rubber tomorrow in a 12:20 MDT tilt against spot starter Christian Bergman.

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