Rex Brothers came in and shut the door on Miami in the ninth inning as he got the Marlins in order and got his 12th save of the season. Michael Cuddyer provided most of the offense for the Rockies tonight, despite just getting one hit. He had an RBI ground out in the sixth inning which tied the game at one as the Marlins had taken the lead in the 5th inning from an Ed Lucas home run to left center field. In the seventh inning, the Marlins regained the lead when pinch hitter Greg Dobbs had a sacrifice fly.
The Rockies answered in the top of the 8th inning when Michael Cuddyer had an RBI single which scored Troy Tulowitzki who had doubled in the previous at bat. The big hit of the night came from an unlikely source as Ryan Wheeler drilled a double to deep center field and gave the Rockies the lead 3-2. That is where the score would end up and the Rockies got off to a good start in the series.
Jhoulys Chacin pitched well again tonight as he went seven innings allowing just four hits, two runs, had four walks and struck out five in the game. The only issue he had was his command at times which is evidenced by his four walks in the game. He cruised through three innings and did not allow his first hit until the fourth. It was just the kind of start that the Rockies needed and it gave the majority of the bullpen a much needed breather for the night. Adam Ottavino came in and worked a perfect eighth inning striking out two batters. Rex Brothers looked dominant in the ninth inning for his 12th save of the season. He struck out two in the inning and did not let anybody even sniff first base.
Offensively, the Rockies had three runs on nine hits which was just enough to get the job done tonight. DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki each had two hits in the game and each had a run scored. Michael Cuddyer went 1 for on the night with two RBI. Ryan Wheeler, who has struggled mightily this year for the Rockies, came up with a huge two out double which scored Cuddyer from second and gave the Rockies the lead for good. Wilin Rosario was unable to get a hit tonight, but he has been one of the hottest hitters for the Rockies, so hopefully this was just a hiccup and he will get back to dominating pitchers tomorrow night against the Marlins.
The Rockies will be back in action tomorrow night and will be facing one of the best young arms in the game in Jose Fernandez. Jeff Manship (0-3, 7.80 ERA) of the Rockies will be taking on Jose Fernandez (9-5, 2.41 ERA) for the Marlins. Manship is looking to pick up his first victory as a member of the Rockies and break out of the slump he has been in during his first three starts of the year. Jose Fernandez just turned 21 on July 31st and has one of the best arms in the game of baseball right now. He only has nine wins on the season but that is because of a lack of run support from his team. It will be a tough matchup for the Rockies as they try and win their second straight road game which they have not done since June 22nd-23rd in Washington. First pitch for the game tomorrow night is scheduled for 5:10 PM Mountain time.