Chatwood. Image: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Links: Rockies News 4/25

The Colorado Rockies squeaked out a 6-5 win in extra innings to salvage one game against the Atlanta Braves. They now hit the road for a tough trip that starts tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies and around the rest of the league:

From Bob Nightengale: Rockies feel like they’re for real after beating Braves (USA Today)

It should be no revelation that the Rockies again are leading the National League in hitting, but who’d have imagined they’d also be entering Wednesday night leading the NL with 19 stolen bases, while ranking second in defense? When teams win games in the fashion they did Wednesday — scoring two runs in the ninth off All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to tie the game and winning it on catcher Yorvit Torrealba‘s single while playing first base for the second time in his 12-year career — maybe there is something magical going on in between these April snow showers.

From Patrick Saunders: Rockie’s Tyler Chatwood goes six decent innings in season debut (Denver Post)

Chatwood’s saving grace was the double play. He got a 4-6-5 grounder that limited the damage in the Braves’ three-run fourth, and he got a base-loaded 6-3 double play in the Braves’ two-run sixth that kept the game from becoming a blowout.

‘I always try to work a double play when I get a runner on first,” he said. “That was one of our absolutes this spring, and it’s something I’ve been focusing on.’

From Troy Renck (via Twitter)

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