Tyler Chatwood held San Francisco Giants hitters to just three hits and two walks in eight scoreless innings in the Colorado Rockies’ 2-0 win at AT&T Park on Wednesday.
Chatwood, who racked up nine strikeouts and induced eight groundouts — including two double plays — ended up setting a franchise record and 2016 MLB-best mark with a 1.69 road ERA this season.
Only four other pitchers — Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and Jake Arietta — have posted a better road ERA than Chatwood during the Wild Card era, according to Purple Dinsoaur Podcast.
Colorado’s offense didn't do much to help Chatwood but did just enough. Nolan Arenado opened the scoring in the fourth inning with a bloop single to score Carlos Gonzalez, who hit a one-out double a batter earlier. It was Arenado’s 130th RBI of 2016, giving him two consecutive seasons of 40 or more home runs and 130 or more RBI. That placed Arenado in elite company; only Hall of Famers Chuck Klein and Jimmie Fox previously did that prior to turning 26 years old, per Elias Sports Bureau.
Gerardo Parra in the seventh pushed across David Dahl, who led off the inning with a double, for the Rockies’ only other run. Fortunately, that's all Colorado needed due to timely (if not extremely effective or efficient) work from Boone Logan and Adam Ottavino to close it out.