For the second game in a row the Rockies starters shut down the naysayers, those thinking the team has no ace. Chacin made a bid for being the team ace last night with an amazing performance, almost throwing a complete-game shutout. Tonight Jorge De La Rosa answered with his own masterful performance. His first two pitches were perfectly placed at the bottom of the strikezone and both were called balls. Thankfully he wasn’t flustered because he went seven innings and only gave up one hit. He struck out four and walked three and left the game after throwing 95 pitches (57 for strikes). He took a no-hit bid into the sixth.
Unfortunately for De La Rosa, Josh Johnson was also on his game. He seven and 1/3 and only gave up five hits with no runs. His 10 strikeouts dwarfed De La Rosa’s four and his ability to pitch out of trouble is what ultimately won the match and robbed the DeaLeR of a win.
The Rockies were 0-8 with runners in scoring position and they had several excellent opportunities. Runners on first and third with no outs in the second inning: Rosario, Colvin and Arenado all come up empty. Helton comes up empty in the top of the sixth with runners on the corner. Helton also came up empty in the eighth with bases loaded, grounding out to end the inning. Two big chances for Todd and he couldn’t cash in.
Matt Belisle came in the bottom of the eighth with the score still 0-0 and ended up giving up a leadoff single to Rajai Davis. After Davis stole second Matt ended up walking Rasmus. He did get groundout, but the play moved the runners to scoring position and a bloop single scored the pair. Final score 2-0.