On Father's Day at Coors Field on Sunday afternoon it was all about Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin had pinpoint control of all his pitches and if it wasn't for a ball that probably should have been caught by Michael Cuddyer, he would have had a complete game shut out.
How good was Chacin? It took him just 86 pitches to get through 8.2 innings and of the 86, he threw 69 for strikes without walking a single batter. He only struck out three, but he held the Phillies to weak contact all afternoon. In fact, the Phillies did not have a base runner reach second base until there were two outs in the ninth inning. Chacin was visibly upset when he was pulled from the game after losing the complete game shut out, but the performance he delivered was nothing to hang his head about.
The Rockies will need Chacin to pitch like a front of the rotation type of starter and an outing like today's is certainly a step in the right direction. It also gave an overly worked bullpen a much needed day off, aside from Rex Brothers throwing four pitches to record the save and final out of the ballgame.
Wilin Rosario smashed a solo home run to left -- his 11th of the year -- on the first pitch he saw in the second inning, but the Rockies were kept in check offensively for most of the day by Cole Hamels. In the seventh when a few borderline calls went against Hamels, the Rockies pounced.
After an infield single by Carlos Gonzalez, Hamels thought he struck out Cuddyer on an fastball at the knees. The always referenced Ford Strike Zone even showed the pitch as a strike, but home plate umpire Marvin Hudson called it a ball. Cuddyer then blooped a double just over the head of Howard down the right field line setting the stage for an RBI ground out form Jordan Pacheco and an RBI double from Nolan Arenado making the score 3-0.
In the eighth CarGo ripped a two-run home run to right -- his league leading 20th of the year -- off of reliever Justin De Fratus and it proved to be more then enough for the Rockies.
With San Diego completing a sweep of the Diamondbacks the Rockies moved one game closer to first place, now just a half game off the pace.
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