Chacin pitches complete game but Rockies lose 2-1
The Colorado Rockies wasted a complete game byand lost 2-1 to the Cincinnati Reds to end up with a disappointing split of their four-game series.
Chacin gave up two runs in the first inning and with a little luck could have escaped unscathed. He gave up a two-out double to Joey Votto. Catchertried to pick Votto off second base and had him caught but shortstop dropped the ball as he was trying to tag Votto. Second base umpire Lance Barksdale was starting to signal Votto out before the ball came loose.
Jay Bruce followed with a run-scoring single, the ball going beneath the glove of a piqued Chacin. Ramon Hernandez singled, putting runners on first and second. Drew Stubbs grounded to third baseman. He backed up to catch the ball, had it go off his glove and never should have thrown to first. But Nelson did and made an error, allowing Bruce to score.
The Rockies were held to five hits and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.
Chacin retired 14 straight batters after walking Todd Frazier with two out in the first. He struck out nine, matching his season-high and doing it for the third time this season. Chacin struck out the side in the third and ninth. He gave up six hits, just two after the first inning _ Bruce doubled with one out in the sixth and Dave Sappelt singled with two out in the seventh. Sappelt’s hit was sandwiched between two walks, but Chacin left the bases loaded by getting Votto to fly to right.
Johnny Cueto held the Rockies to three singles in seven scoreless innings and matched Chacin with nine strikeouts. Aroldis Chapman gave up a walk and a single to start the eighth, butgrounded into a double play and Alfonzo struck out. Gonzalez has grounded into six double plays this season, three in the past two games.
Gonzalez struck out to end the fourth after the Rockies loaded the bases with two out on singles by Chacin andand a walk to .
kept the Rockies from getting shut out when he led off the ninth with a long home run off closer Francisco Cordero. He retired Nelson on a pop up and on a fly out. pinch hit for Herrera and lined a ball that Votto snared to end the game.
_ Chacin’s other complete game this season was April 15 against the Cubs at Coors Field, a six-hitter as the Rockies won 5-0.
_ With Tulowitzki andbeing rested, Alfonzo hit cleanup. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and didn’t get the ball out of the infield. Alfonzo is the sixth player to bat cleanup for the Rockies this season. Tulowitzki has done it 111 times, along with (1), Helton (1), Smith (2) and Wigginton (3).
_ The final three games of this series were decided by one run. the Rockies won 3-2 on Tuesday and lost by that score Wednesday. The Rockies fell to 17-22 in one-run games, 12-13 on the road.