Jhoulys Chacin and Ian Kennedy stared each other down to see who would blink first throwing efficiently and quickly through the first three innings. It turned out that it was Kennedy who blinked first, giving up a two-run homer to Troy Tulowitzki in the fourth inning following a Josh Rutledge walk. That stood up in a 3-1 Rockies victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West battle.
An insurance run was added in the third inning when Chris Nelson led off the fifth inning with a triple. Chacin helped himself by hitting a sacrifice fly after a lengthy at-bat against Kennedy.
Chacin came out for the seventh inning and promptly had his back issues on the 100th pitch of the game after going 6 1/3 innings. If it is a DL situation, it may give Drew Pomeranz an opportunity to come up and get himself established at the MLB level. Wilton Lopez, Rex Brothers, and Rafael Betancourt finished off the D-backs combining for a single unearned run.
The Rockies improved to 7-3 against NL West opponents and 7-0 at Coors Field. The victory tonight was despite only three hits total by the Rockies and being outhit by the D-backs 5-3.