After a week of being on the road and seeing their offense produce half of their runs per game average, the Colorado Rockies returned home Friday night to Coors Field and made themselves comfortable. The Rockies exploded for 12 runs on 18 hits and broke the Philadelphia Phillies 12-1.
Perhaps the best part about the win was the fact that Tyler Chatwood had such a great outing on the mound that the Rockies only needed to score two. The young right-hander allowed just two hits and one run over seven innings, striking out six and giving up only one base on balls. Chatwood is one of the pitchers who began the season on the disabled list and Friday’s game was only his second start of the year. Now the Rockies wait for Jhoulys Chacin, who is expected to return late in the month.
Troy Tulowitzki led the Colorado hitting assault, going 3-3 with a home run and five RBI. His first plate-appearance of the night lasted 14 pitches from Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone before he drew a walk to load the bases. Justin Morneau came up next and hit a two-run double that ignited a four-run first inning. Tulowitzki is convinced that the long at-bat had a lot to do with his big night. The Rockies shortstop said he saw so many pitches from Pettibone that he was ready for anything he threw at him the rest of the night. Tulowitzki raised his batting average to .360 with his performance.
When a team amasses 18 hits in a game, there are other players who make major contributions as well. Right fielder Charlie Blackmon was leading the team in hitting before the game and did nothing to hurt himself Friday against the Phillies. Blackmon went 3-5 with an RBI, scored twice, and upped his batting average to .426. He is second in hitting in the National League behind the Phillies’ Chase Utley (.463), who went 0-3 on the night. Drew Stubbs, filling in for injured Michael Cuddyer in the outfield, was 3-5 and scored three times. Catcher Wilin Rosario and third baseman D.J. LeMahieu each had two hits on a night when every position starter had at least one.
Things are looking pretty good on the injury report for the Rockies. Chacin in currently in Class A Modesto on an advanced rehab assignment. Pitcher Brett Anderson, who broke a finger last weekend in San Francisco, is on the 15-day DL and there is no estimate for a return date. Cuddyer has been diagnosed with a left hamstring cramp and is listed as day-to-day.
The Rockies have five more games to be comfortable at Coors Field, with two more against the Phillies on Saturday and Sunday. Jordan Lyles (2-0, 4.32 ERA) will take the hill for Colorado against Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 3.50 ERA) for the Phillies. The Rockies will welcome the San Francisco Giants to Denver on Monday for the start of a three-game series. That game will be the first of nine straight for Colorado against NL West opponents. They will hit the road next week for three-game sets against the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.
Commentary by Chuck Podhaisky
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering the Colorado Rockies