When Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood took the ball for Jackie Robinson Day this afternoon in San Francisco, the Colorado Rockies needed him to go deep into the game. The Rockies have stayed afloat so far this season thanks to its stellar bullpen. Yet Friday’s announcement that Jon Gray would be out of action for at least a month meant that the bullpen-to-be-nicknamed-later might be leaned on even more heavily this month. Donning the number 42 in honor of Robinson, Chatwood stepped up and delivered an amazing performance, remaining perfect through 52⁄3 innings on his way to his first career shutout.
Tyler Chatwood retired first 17 batters of the game, one shy of @Rockies record Chad Bettis set at Philly May 23 last season.— Inside the Seams (@Insideseams) April 15, 2017
Left fielder Chris Marrero broke up the perfect game with a single to right. Nonetheless, Chatwood didn’t let it rattle him and continued throwing efficiently and effectively, yielding just two hits and a walk as he gave the Rockies their second 7-plus inning start of the year. It was also Chatwood’s second career complete game, with his other performance coming on July 13th, 2013, a year before his Tommy John surgery.
Nolan Arenado, who has been the most consistent member of the Rockies offense, started the scoring with a solo home run off of Giants pitcher Matt Moore in the top of the third inning. He finished the game a triple short of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. The rest of the offense followed suit, as it had its most complete game of the season, racking up eleven hits and drawing three walks. Every Rockies position player except for Carlos Gonzalez managed to get on base, and the Rockies had a runner on base in every inning except the eighth. They broke a streak of ten straight games without producing double digit hits. It’s possible they could’ve had an even better night, as some of the Rockies outs could have been home runs or extra base hits in other ballparks.
The Rockies can take the four game series with a win against the Giants tomorrow. Antonio Senzatela, who received his first major league win in his last start, faces off agaisnt Jeff Samardzija at 2:05pm MST.