Tyler Chatwood carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth, but loss of command and poor offense from the Rockies led to a frustrating 6-2 loss in San Diego.
The Rockies struck out a whopping fifteen times. FIFTEEN TIMES.
The Rockies offense was silenced by Trevor Cahill, as they managed just three hits total off of him over six innings. Charlie Blackmon led off the game with a double, and both Nolan Arenado and Ian Desmond tossed out a single apiece during this game. The lone run scored when Desmond stole second base and advanced all the way home after catcher Austin Hedges fired the ball into center field.
Chatwood looked great early on, allowing no hits through the first five innings. Unfortunately, he began struggling with command in the fourth, and it turned his no-hitter into a fairly short outing.
Chatwood led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk to his fellow pitcher in Cahill, and Manuel Margot followed with a line drive to center field that avoided the glove of a sliding Blackmon, leading to a triple. Chatwood then retired Cory Spangenberg, but Wil Myers doubled and Yangervis Solarte and Ryan Schimpf hit back-to-back homers to chase Chatwood from the game.
He finished with four hits and five runs allowed over 51⁄3 innings. He walked four and struck out four.
To make things worse, catcher Tony Wolters got hit in the side of the head by a swing follow through from Hector Sanchez. Wolters then removed himself from the game, and Dustin Garneau took his spot off the bench.
The Rockies made things interesting in the top of the eighth, when pinch hitter Alexi Amarista singled with two outs. Blackmon followed with a single to left field, and DJ LeMahieu walked to load the bases for Arenado.
Arenado bounced a soft single towards the left side of the pitcher’s mound, and Amarista was able to just get by Austin Hedges and score the run to bring the Rockies within four.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Carlos Gonzalez went down on three strikes to end the inning. He came into the game with a .216/.283/.341 slash line and finished the night 0-4 with three strikeouts.
Folks, CarGo does not look good right now.
The Rockies will try again tomorrow as Antonio Senzatela faces off against Jered Weaver at 8:10 pm MT.