Rox Beat Giants 5-0 Behind Three Stars of the Game

The Rockies had all three components of the game working tonight in the most solidly played game of the season. Micheal Cuddyer was the hitting star, Nolan Arenado was the fielding star, and Tyler Chatwood was the pitching star. The Rockies remain in first place tied with Arizona with at 27-21 each. They are nearing the end of a critical 10-game stretch against the Giants and the Diamondbacks. They have a 6-2 record with two games left at AT&T Park in that ten-game stretch. Tonight’s victory snapped a nine-game losing streak in San Francisco.

Cuddyer got the Rockies started on the right note when he took the ball to opposite field for a two-out, two-run double in the first inning to score Arenado and CarGo. In the fourth inning, Cuddyer reached base on a strikeout, wild pitch. He was brought home on a run scoring single by D.J. LeMahieu with two outs. Cuddyer and CarGo completed the scoring with solo home runs in the 6th and 8th inning respectively.

Chatwood had arguably the most impressive start of the season with gold glove assistance from Nolan Arenado. He blanked the Giants through six innings giving up four singles and a walk while throwing just 88 pitches. Josh Outman, Matt Belisle, and Wilton Lopez completed the game on 41 pitches. The pitchers combined for 16 ground ball outs and just three fly outs. Arenado made the night easy for the pitchers with four highlight reel plays in the hot corner. No Giant runner ever reached third base.

Chatwood has clearly locked up the third spot in the rotation with his performance tonight. Juan Nicasio goes tomorrow testing his new two-seam fastball. With the Rockies in a win now mode, the final two rotation spots will be decided between Jon Garland, Juan Nicasio, Drew Pomeranz, Jeff Francis, and Roy Oswalt. Garland and Francis were originally planned to hold down the rotation spots until next year, but that is not the case anymore with our shift in philosophy.

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GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Thank god we got that over priced Cuddyer back!

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

Bringing Cuddyer in for EY is just a huge lineup upgrade. Changes the complexion of the offense completely. Add to that Arenado’s defense (and I’m think LeMahieu will be a defensive upgrade as well) and these guys look solid.

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
7 years ago

A dominant pitching performance, a third baseman (finally), TWO home runs at AT&T? These and a few others are turning my fragile surprised hope into fragile actual belief…what a fun stretch lately!

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

That was a humungous win last night. Taking 3 of 4 from SF in Denver is one thing, but to go in and dominate them in SF is another. Have to be a big confidence booster for the Rox to win that game last night. This win will be lessened a little though if you go out and lose the next 2, so at least split these games and get the series win. Be very important. Very fun game to… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Great win last night. As RMH noted pitching, timely hitting and great plays defensively. Not only Arenado but the entire infield. Just a week ago everytime a ball was hit a few feet away from Ruteledge I was worried. Now DJ can get there and seems to make the easy play as well. Tulo is playing SS as well as ever and while I’m ready to put Arenado into the Brooks Robinson class (lets see him do that for 15… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Great game, it all worked out ok, but personally I don’t like blowing 3 relievers in what was a 4-0 then 5-0 game. In such a game you should get at least 1 of those relievers to pitch 2 innings particularly when both Outman and Belisle have quick 123 innings each and there’s no need to ph for either one of them….but I digress. It was a nice win and I’m excited for these next 2 games.

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