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.