Stubbs, Martin Lead Rockies to 5-4 Victory

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.

 

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sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Remember the days (like the entirety of the previous 4 seasons) when if the a Rox got behind by 2 on the road early, you’d turn off the TV because there was no chance of a comeback? Feel bad for Chatwood, that guy has no luck when it comes to injuries. Good news is Chacin pitched brilliantly in Memphis last night……so he can move right into Chatwood’s Sunday slot. Nicasio get to hang around…….which isn’t entirely bad. These days a… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I also feel bad for Chatwood. It looked like he was mad at himself more than anything, but he could be pissed off about being injured. The pitching is being held together by thread right now. It could be that something is finally clicking at an organizational level where all our back rotation guys are maturing, becoming more competitive, or something. Or we’re running on luck and its going to wear out eventually, we shall see.

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

I agree with all these sentiments except the one about pitching being held together by a thread. Our newfound depth has me feeling surprisingly good about the SP (and maybe I’m stupid and shouldn’t feel good……I’ll admit that!). How lucky is it that Chacin was synced perfectly with Chatwood? As noted above…….even if Chatwood’s injury is truly minor, I sit him for a couple of weeks and move Chacin into his slot. This delays the Nicasio decision….but that’s OK. He’s… Read more »

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
6 years ago

4 consecutive series wins…woah. I guess I hadn’t processed that. Carp-I feel the same way, we have some fight in us. Its like the guys new to the team have brought a new attitude. Some of our off season moves look like steals (wow, I just typed that). I’m going to take it one month at a time as far as looking ahead, especially after last year’s April…but it think its a “new-enough” team in a new year…we’ll see. Go… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago

I really hope Chatwood’s injury is minor and he makes his next start! I was so happy for Stubbs last night! He needed that good performance.

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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

I am going to say what might be controversial, but here goes: 1) The Monforts deserve credit for not allowing the money spent on CarGo and Tulo make this a team with no depth. Its not a huge budget, but its a competitive budget. Those who want to see them spend and spend would never run their business or household like that, and yet we have the best and cleanest stadium around (I never cease to be amazed when I… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Hell yeah…………and lets sweep the Snakes!

Don’t want to put the cart ahead of the horse – but I’m looking forward to the 4 consecutive games, home/home series against the Rangers next week.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

I have to agree that our pitching is hanging by a thread. They’ve pressed Morales and Lyles into starting roles, and I’m very disappointed that Chatwood (our best second half pitcher last year, even including DLR) looks like he’ll be out a while, maybe a lot longer than a while … I’d feel really good about this team right now if Anderson and Chatwood were in the rotation. I also have to say that the trades/signings are working out great… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

Chatwood 15 day DL – Bettis recalled. Shrewd move to be safe with Chatwood (now officially listed as an elbow strain) and to get bullpen help until Chacin is activated Sunday. Not sure that Bettis is the answer……but this is a sound baseball move in theory.

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