Rox Remain Undefeated at Coors Field

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.

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Ike
Ike
7 years ago

Great win. To win a pitchers duel against Ian Kennedy and the DBacks, pitcher and team against which the Rockies historically struggle, is validation of what we have been watching. I love the toughness that this team.

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago
Reply to  Ike

yep-we’re winning games we would have lost last year. Not ready to print WS 2013 Tshirts, but this is fun. Think Ed the Ump and his taking the under is helping us? 🙂 For what its worth, I had to watch the Dbacks broadcast since I’m in that market, at least 2 times when Todd came up they had the HOF discussion. Bob Brenly (sp?) is the color guy and said he should, but thinks its far from a lock… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

To win with only 3 hits and fewer than 5 runs is note worthy.I was going to say maybe the worm has finally turned for the Rox until I heard about Chacin’s injury.Obliques can be tricky and long rehabs-damnit just as he was doing a great impression as our Ace.Isn’t this just about the point in the season last year when the injury train to last place left the station?

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

I just read it may be an oblique injury.as well. It really looked more like a back issue. I hope it’s just a back spasm. I thought the guy turned the corner last. He looked like he was having fun out there!

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago

Don’t look now, but we are 2nd in the MLB!

And to anyone that thinks it is our schedule, just remember in years past teams like the Astros would take 2 if 3 from us or the struggling Pirates. We’ve had years where we just couldn’t play teams with losing records like we should have.

Love the Home Field Advantage so far.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

The Padres are 5-4 in games not against the Rockies, including a sweep of the Dodgers. The Brewers are 6-6 after the opening series, including a sweep of the Giants. The Mets are 8-4 so far excluding this week’s games at the icebox. The Diamondbacks are 9-6 excluding last night. Maybe the Rox got lucky and caught all these teams at the right time, or maybe, just maybe, the Rockies are that much better and the reason all those teams… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

LOL. Good one.

I am liking this team so far.

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago

Moves prior to the game: Volstad has been optioned to Colorado Springs and Outman has been called up to replace him.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

This injury makes me so mad. It just goes to add more support that a Rockies pitcher can’t throw 100 in a game. Back to managing by pitch counts.

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Prog, pretty sure he wasn’t doing great before coming into today’s game… The last time he pitched I think he was feeling sore. And then last night, the pitch right before he left he felt it tweak, and tried to push through it. That tries me crazy, why you trying to push through something that could make it worse. Remember when Tulo did that several years ago I made it worse? I hate that the players think they can push… Read more »

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Yeah definitely a great win but definitely a huge bummer to lose Chacin. They said oblique tightness on the broadcast, but he sure looked like he was in some pain walking off. I’m thinking Chacin maybe done for 4-6 weeks which would absolutely suck. The guy looked like he was really coming into his own, still a small sample size but wow was he pitching good. Kennedy must have had some serious movement on that fastball last night, to only… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

It is great they won. Huge. I hope it continues. 2 of 3 from the Dbacks would be awesome. Chacin was impressive. I hope it’s not a strain and worst case he misses 1 turn in the rotation. It was funny listening to the Root guys, then Walt, and then Chacin. Seems like the Root guys knew more about Chacin’s injury than either Walt or Chacin … lol. Since injury is now a topic, let’s not forget that the Dbacks… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

What stood out to me last nite was the relief staff. Lopez showed me why DO’D suckered the ‘Stros into taking Alex White for him. With Outman getting the call, I’m expecting them to get even better. I’m a firm believer that when NoDo gets up for good, the Rox will be the offensive juggernaut we knew back in the ’90s. And Dickerson is making a case for adding an OF and deleting and IF. Too early for me to… Read more »

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