Chacin, Rockies shut down Dodgers
pitched seven scoreless innings, retiring 13 of the final 15 batters he faced, and allowed three runners to reach second base. And after his performance Tuesday helped the Rockies beat the Dodgers 3-0, manager understandably had praise for the 23-year-old right-hander as well as a glimpse of sharper outings.
“Jhoulys Chacin was good tonight, but I think you’ll see him better as we go on through the course of the season,” Tracy said.
Chacin threw 97 pitches but just 59 strikes. He gave up five hits and only walked two, one intentionally, and struck out four. And he made pitches when he had to. For instance, in the third, he gave up a two-out double to Tony Gwynn Jr., got to 3-1 on Andre Ethier and put him on and got Matt Kemp to fly to center.
With one out and a runner on second in the fifth, Chacin got Rafael Furcal and Gwynn to ground out, the latter retired on a nice play by third baseman. And after walking Ethier to open the sixth, Chacin got James Loney to tap back to him, moving Ethier to second. Juan Uribe did the same thing, grounding to Chacin to end the inning.
“I know you’ll see games where he’ll be better because his fastball command will be better,” Tracy said. “It was good tonight, but it will be better.”
The Rockies scored all their runs with two out., who started the season 0-for-9, homered to center in the fourth. homered in the fifth, driving Clayton Kershaw’s 3-1 pitch into the left-field stands.
“He took advantage of a hitter’s count,” Tracy said, “and he didn’t foul it back or pop it up.”
After Tulowitzki was intentionally walked in the sixth,singled home , who opened the inning with his third double of the season.
needed nine pitches, eight strikes, to retire the side in order in the eighth. did the same thing in the ninth, throwing eight of his 10 pitches for strikes, a sharp contrast to his 32-pitch save Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, leaving Rockies opponents 4-for-30 (.133) in those situations this season.
The Rockies have allowed one run in the past 18 innings while winning two straight games. Startersand Chacin have combined to pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings in those victories.