Tyler Chatwood Earns First Win In Almost Two Years

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood earned his first victory since the 2014 season beating the Arizona Diamondbacks by the score of 4-2. Chatwood had run support from the first inning when rookie shortstop Trevor Story hit his fourth home run in the first three games of his career. Story set the Major League record with the feat. Chatwood tossed 6.1 innings, giving up seven hits, one earned run, and walked  nobody, and struck out three. A very good performance by Chatwood, who has been plagued by injuries in his career, and missed all of the 2015 season with Tommy John surgery.

Run support came in an unlikely source in D.J. LeMahieu crushed a home run, his second of the season after hitting only six all of last season. Ryan Raburn got in on the fun later with a blast of his own in the seventh inning. His run became important because of a late run by the Diamondbacks.  Jake McGee registered his first save as a member of the Colorado Rockies.

If the Rockies are to be competitive in 2016 Tyler Chatwood needs to remain healthy. The Rockies have a very solid offense that should produce a lot of runs, but the starting staff is thin. Chatwood made twenty starts during the 2013 season, but missed a third of that season with injury as well.