The Colorado Rockies managed to end a what had been a decidedly unpleasant week on a pleasant note Sunday, putting a whooping on the San Diego Padres 10-3 behind rookie right-hander Jon Gray (4-2, 5.33).  The Rockies have bused it up the PCH to Los Angeles and open a 3-game set with the Dodgers this evening at 8:10 MT.  They return to Denver Thursday for a 6-contest stand that includes a make-up game with the Pirates, 3 against the Padres, and 2 with the New York Yankees.

Colorado aims to pull itself out of a prolonged slump.  The young Rockies did not respond competitively to the visit by struggling Cincinnati on the heals of 12 straight against contenders.  None of the starting pitchers save Gray were able to deliver satisfactory outings.  Chad Bettis stunk it up twice.  Chris Rusin actually wasn’t half bad on Friday after serving-up the center-cut cheese that Matt Kemp lifted toward Seattle, provoking a Nolan Arenado temper-fit in the dugout between innings, but the theme was consistent throughout the week:  the starters put Colorado in the hole early, and the offense was unable to recover. Arenado’s rant went for naught Friday and Saturday, but yesterday evening the bats came alive, and Gray was good for a 12 strikeout victory.

The Rockies’ offense got it going early.  Arenado doubled with 2 out ahead of the first of 2 Carlos Gonzalez home runs for a 2-0 lead.  They got another one in the 3rd when Gonzalez grounded out after singles by Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story.  Gray meanwhile mowed through the first 9 San Diego hitters (Alexei Ramirez singled but got picked-off), striking-out the first 5.  He ran into a bit of trouble in the 4th when the Padres scored on a Jon Jay single and Will Myers double.  Myers got him again in the 6th, with a line-shot over the center-field wall, but otherwise Gray was nails, scattering 5 hits and a walk over 7 innings before turning things over to Carlos Estevez, Justin Miller, and Jake McGee.

The offense continued to deliver after the early scoring, backing-up Gray with 3 in the 5th, 2 in the 7th and 2 in the 9th.  Gray himself singled to lead-off the 5th and scored on a double by Story before Arenado knocked-in the shortstop with a 2-run shot to left.  They got a couple more in the 7th on a walk, a single, a couple of stolen bases and a Padres error, then in the 9th Brandon Maurer hit Arenado with 2 outs and Gonzalez followed with home run no. 2, his 13th of 2016.

Tyler Chatwood (6-4, 2.99) gets the start for Colorado tonight at Chavez Ravine, facing right-hander Mike Bolsinger (1-2, 4.20) of Los Angeles.  Chatwood has been nearly unhittable on the road in 2016, but had a shaky outing at home Wednesday against the Reds.  The righty made it through 5-2.3, but was tagged for the loss with 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks.  Bolsinger was meanwhile losing to the Cubs in Chicago.  He only made it through 5 in his third 2016 start, despite allowing only 2 runs on 2 hits and striking-out 6.

Bolsinger will be backed by a Dodgers lineup that features shortstop Corey Seager, who’s homered 6 times in the past week, in the 2-hole, center-fielder Trayce Thompson, brother of golden State Warriors sharp-shooter Klay, hitting 3rd, and perennial all-star Adrian Gonzalez at cleanup.  DJ LeMahieu got Sunday off for the Rockies, but he’s back in the 2-hole for Walt Weiss tonight. Story, the Colorado rookie SS, moves down to 5th, and Nick Hundley is doing the catching, batting 8th.

It’ll by sunny at game time in Los Angeles with clouds developing as the game progresses.  The temperature will start at 66° with relative humidity of about 77%.  What little wind there will be will waft out toward left at about 3 MPH.  Drew and Spilly are covering the trip on TV for ROOT.  Radios on am 850 KOA.

COLORADO (25-31)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Trevor Story (R) SS
Gerardo Parra (L) LF
Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Tyler Chatwood (R) P

Justin Turner (R) 3B
Corey Seager (L) SS
Trayce Thompson (R) CF
Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
Howie Kendrick (R) 2B
Enrique Hernandez (R) LF
Scott Van Slyke (R) RF
A.J. Ellis (R) C
Mike Bolsinger (R) P
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5 years ago

That’s 3 straight lengthy starts from the rotation. Need to do that thru five rotations.

5 years ago

Was thinking similar thoughts while watching Chatwood be exactly what we thought/hoped/want. That is, could each pitcher, as well as the full rotation, please stand up and be consistent(ly good)? Nice game. The late starts give me an easy escape from watching if I feel like I “should” watch but feel a little “sick” about watching (8:40 for one in San Diego?! – happily missed that entirely). Went to bed tied 1-1 last night and much enjoyed the second half… Read more »

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