Colorado Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood doesn’t give up runs on the road. Turns out no one told the Miami Marlins.
Which makes up for the fact that someone clearly let the Rockies in on the secret to lighting up Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen like a Christmas tree.
The result was an offensive slugfest, battle of the bullpens contest that saw the hometown nine rally past the visitors for a 9-6 victory Saturday afternoon at Marlins Park.
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The Marlins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on the strength of some continued hot hitting from Christian Yelich, only to see the Rockies reclaim it with a 6-run third inning that knocked out Chen in what was easily his worst start of the season. The only thing more surprising than Chen allowing an earned run figure he’s matched twice since 2012 would likely be the fact that he actually pitched 2/3 of an inning longer than Chatwood for those who just jumped right to the boxscore Saturday.
Chatwood left due to backspasms, however; Chen earned his departure the hard way.
But Miami cut the deficit to two almost immediately, with Justin Bour answering with his 11th HR of the season in the bottom of the inning. Two innings later, J.T. Realmuto would tack on his 4th, a three-run game winner that held up thanks to 6 2/3 IP of scoreless one-hit relief. The Fish will try for three in a row, and at the very least hope Tom Koehler can throw at least six innings, in Sunday’s finale.
And now we Stat Wrap:
- Ichiro Watch: Reached base, but a walk only. Hit countdown stands at twenty.
- Giancarlo Stanton went 3 for 5 at the plate, and has five hits in two games.
- J.T. Realmuto was the star though, in a 4 for 5, 3 RBI showing.
- Though Justin Bour did help with his 11th HR, one off the team lead.
- Martin Prado‘s hitting streak came to an end, although he did walk twice.
- Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen’s 6 ER was his worst mark of the season.
- He’s now allowed that many runs only three times since 2012.
- It was also the shortest start in terms of innings pitched in his career (2.1).
- Miami used five relievers after Chen departed, and they one-hit the Rockies the rest of the way. Dustin McGowan earned the win, and A.J. Ramos got the save.