It took an entire team effort is squeeze out a 5-4 victory over the Arizona. The D-backs opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning on a sac fly and a run scoring triple by the 8-hole hitter with pitcher on deck. Mike Bolsinger was on cruise control baffling the Rox hitters with 88 FBs and 70s benders. In the fourth inning, after two outs were gone the veterans said that’s enough of looking silly. Single by Tulo, triple by Justin Morneau, and single by NoDo. Boom it’s a tie game at 2-2.
Chatwood looked great in the first inning getting three ground outs but really scuffled the rest of the game falling behind batters and giving up fly balls or XBHs. He gave the lead back to Arizona in the bottom of fourth when Aaron Hill doubled and Eric Chavez singled him home. Colorado countered in the 6th inning on Tulo’s drive to right center that cleared the fence after CarGo’s double for a 4-3 lead.
Chatwood tried to give the lead back to Arizona when he walked two men sandwiched around a Chavez single to put the ducks on the pond. Ball one to Chris Owings. Chatwood wanted to leave the game due to feelings (actually elbow tightness). Walt Weiss put Chris Martin of all pitchers in a precarious position inheriting a 1-0 count and three runners. Chris Owings hit a hard grounder to the worse spot possible and NoDo easily got the force at the plate for the first out. Then Martin got heeeeeeeemmmmmm (pinch hitter Roger Kieschnick) on a swinging strike for the second out. Finally, Martin killed the rally with a ground out by Tony Campana for the third out to preserve a 4-3 lead. He deserved a pie in the face after the game.
Boone Logan and Drew Stubbs (on a double switch) came in the eighth inning. A.J. Pollock hit a towering home run that banged off the foul pole to tie the game at 4-4. Drew Stubbs answered with an opposite field home run on a 2-2 count leading off the ninth to give LaTroy Hawkins a save opportunity. Stubbs vacuumed in a line drive for the first out. Then Arizona threatened again with two hits. Nazty made a great charge on the second hit to right field preventing the runner from going to third base. Aaron Hill flied out to Stubbs in deep center for the second out. Hawk and Chavez faced off in the final battle. Who kept their cool? Chavez appeared to get the better of Hawk with a drive all the way to the wall in dead center. Stubbs made the catch look easy with his speed and jump to preserve Colorado’s victory.
The Rockies won for the ninth time in the last 12 games to raise the record to 16-12, including a 8-8 record away from Coors Field. They remain 1/2 game behind the Giants and picked up a half game on Los Angeles (rain out). They clinched their fourth consecutive series win and tomorrow they will make their fourth attempt to complete a sweep this month in the finale.