The incredible road show that is Tyler Chatwood took center stage at Chavez Ravine on Monday night. And another road start for Chatwood equated another road win for the Colorado Rockies.
Chatwood allowed just one hit and one run over eight innings and Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra each smacked home runs as the Rockies opened a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 6-1 victory.
After eight superb innings and 100 pitches, Chatwood turned the ball over to Gonzalez Germen, who retired the Dodgers in order in the ninth to preserve Colorado’s second-ever one-hitter. The only other one-hitter in franchise history came on June 20, 2006, in a 6-0 win over Oakland at Coors Field. Jason Jennings pitched seven innings and allowed one hit while Tom Martin and Brian Fuentes wrapped things up against the Athletics with hitless, scoreless frames.
With the impressive outing, Chatwood is now 5-0 with a 0.65 road ERA in six games. He’s allowed just three earned runs in 41.2 innings pitched away from LoDo.
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Late in the game, Colorado’s PR department tweeted out a picture of the famous Hollywood sign being transformed into Chatwood. The illustration was fitting as the right-hander lorded over the Dodgers all night, striking out five. He also walked four and one of those would come back to haunt him.
The only damage done against Chatwood came in the second inning as Adrian Gonzalez led off the frame with a walk and moved to third on Howie Kendrick’s single to right. Enrique Hernandez grounded out, scoring Gonzalez and tying the game at 1-1.
From there, it was all Tyler Chatwood and all Rockies. Nick Hundley’s RBI single in the top of the fifth gave Colorado a 2-1 advantage and then the floodgates opened.
Charlie Blackmon walked to open the sixth inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by DJ LeMahieu. Nolan Arenado singled him home to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead before Los Angeles decided to gamble … and lost badly.
The Dodgers elected to walk hot-hitting Carlos Gonzalez to get to Story and hopefully set up a double play to end the inning. The strategy backfired as Colorado’s rookie shortstop blasted a 1-0 pitch from Mike Bolsinger over the left-center field wall to push the Colorado lead to 6-1.
The homer was Story’s 16th round-tripper of the season, the most a rookie shortstop has hit before the All-Star Break since 1933.
Parra and Arenado each collected two hits on the night while Blackmon extended his consecutive games on-base streak to an impressive 32 games.