The Colorado Rockies came into the first game of a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers with a bad taste in their mouths after managing just one win in the four-game series versus the Miami Marlins. What was set up to be a pitcher’s duel turned out to be anything but as the game unfolded Friday night at Coors Field.
Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood came into the affair 6-3 with a very respectable 2.48 ERA, matching wits with Brewers starter Wily Peralta, who has had a ridiculously minuscule 0.31 ERA in the month of July. I realize the Ryan Braun story, along with his 50-game suspension reigned down from MLB for the use of PEDs, has been the talk of the sports world. However, I’d like to focus on the players that made a difference in the series opener.
From the first at-bat, it was clear that Chatwood had it going on. For most of his seven-inning outing, his stuff was dominant as well as just downright filthy. The Brewers’ Peralta looked very good as well until the bottom of the second-inning unfolded. As alluded to in my article from yesterday, Colorado’s bats needed to awaken from their slumber in the worst way. Well, with the teams best offensive player Carlos Gonzalez day-to-day with a reaggravated middle finger strain on his right hand, the squad would have to move Troy Tulowitzki to Gonzalez’ third spot in the batting order, followed by Michael Cuddyer, Todd Helton and Wilin Rosario.
What ensued thereafter was the awakening of the Rockies’ bats. Colorado’s offense put up crooked numbers in both the second and fourth innings after batting around the lineup and producing four runs in each inning. Eight runs is all they would need as they cruised to an 8-3 victory.
The Rockies had the bases loaded three times within the first four-innings, and went 5-for-10 with runners in scoring position. In addition, Helton tied the amazing Kirby Puckett with 702 multi-hit games in his remarkable career.
Several other interesting things happened in this game for Colorado: Chatwood produced at the plate as well by delivering a two-run double with the bases loaded in the second to put the Rockies on the board 2-0. Tyler went 2-3 in the game while also producing a single and a sacrifice bunt. If it wasn’t for two magnificent plays from Brewers shortstop Jean Segura, Colorado may have put seven or eight runs on the board in the bottom of the second.
It is safe to say that the Rockies’ bats awoke last night, and let’s hope for two more five-plus run games to close out the series. In addition, Chatwood set the tone for the entire Rockies’ pitching staff while striking out a career-high eleven Brewers, allowing just six hits and providing the team with seven-innings of shutout baseball while improving to 7-3.
Let’s also hope that Chatwood’s dominating performance, along with the squads great offensive performance on Friday night, will jump start the Colorado Rockies the rest of the season. At 50-54, the Rockies are still just five-games back of the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers.