Rockies 9, Padres 1 (boxscore)
Winning Player: Jhoulys Chacin 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 75 pitches (53 strikes)
To say Chacin pounded the strike zone tonight would be an understatement. What a fantastic outing that only saw him make one mistake, which of course Will Venable hit over the scoreboard in right for homer. That aside, Chacin was effective, extremely efficient, and more importantly than that, looked confident (and looks healthy). It looks like we might have something to truly look forward to every fifth day in September.
PS: Chacin is the first Rockies starter to go 7 innings since Christian Friedrich back on June 4 (half a season ago).
Honorable Mentions: Josh Rutledge (three hits, one run) and Tyler Colvin (home run, double, three RBI).
Both of these guys keep on hitting and producing. Thinking about them in a lineup with Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler and Wilin Rosario for years to come makes me as giddy as one can be while still fully understanding this team isn't set up to win anytime soon.
That failed miserably, and probably will most times unless you have an EY2 or Dexter Fowler running at third or you're facing a team below rookie ball level.
Highlight of the Night: The Rockies were set with five runs tonight, but Dexter Fowler decided he wanted to Slam the door on San Diego and provided Rockies fans with tacos on Sunday. He did both on one swing.
What's Next: Nothing beats a Sunday afternoon rubber match for the Rockies, right? Those always go so well. Perhaps that will actually be true this time with Jeff Francis (5-4, 5.44) on the hill. He'll be opposed by San Diego's super pitching prospect Casey Kelly, who tossed six scoreless inning in his big league debut against Atlanta on Monday.