On Johnny Cueto shimmy bobblehead day, it was Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood that wiggled his way up and down the Giants lineup with ease. Needing only 4 strikeouts in 9 innings, the Rockie right-hander relied almost exclusively on ground balls in the early going to work his way to win number one on the season, 5-0 at AT&T Park. Chatwood entered the day with an 0-2 record and a 6.35 ERA, but with nearly every pitch saw that mark go down further and further, ultimately dropping to a much more respectable 3.54. The complete game was his the first nine inning game of his career. He had previously gone a full eight innings back in July of 2013.
Chris Marrero, who got the Giants first of two hits on the afternoon, said of Chatswood's outing, "He was spottin', man." Bruce Bochy believed that it's some of the best stuff the team has seen this season.
Nolan Arenado continued his dominant play at AT&T, smashing a solo homer in the 3rd to give Colorado an early 1-0 lead. By that time Chatwood was cruising along and a one run lead felt like 5-0 (which would come later). By the time the 3rd came to an end, Chatwood had thrown 28 pitches and recorded nine outs.
Chris Marrero, who took over in left on a double switch, was responsible for the loudest cheers of the day after breaking up Chatswood's perfect game bid with two down in the bottom of the sixth. Marrero said the pitch was a slider.
In a three-run top of the 4th for Colorado, D.J. LeMahieu ended the frame by flying out sharply to left where Jarrett Parker made a terrific running play, crashing at full speed into the left field wall. Parker immediately showed that he was injured by grabbing his right arm. After the game Bruce Bochy said that Parker had broken his right clavicle.
Bochy was impressed that he held onto the ball considering the injury that he had suffered.
No roster replacement has been made, but they could move him to the 60-day D.L. if needed to bring up an outfielder not on the 40-man. Melvin Upton isn't an option just yet as he has yet to report to Sacramento, but Drew Stubbs, Carlos Moncrief and Austin Slater represent the non-roster options while Orlando Calixte and Kelby Tomlinson could be seen as utility options. A clavicle injury could take anywhere from four to eight weeks to heal.
Matt Moore was not nearly as sharp this afternoon as he was in the home opener, lasting just 5 2/3 innings, allowing five earned on ten hits and three walks, striking out five on 105 pitches. The Rockies were consistently making hard contact against Moore, regularly reaching 100 mph+ exit velocities that led to deep fly ball outs. One of those outs was to straightaway center where Denard Span made a tremendous running grab, reaching up above his head to rob extra bases. Having Span in center was a big lift defensively, though in the end it didn't matter much. It took until the bottom of the 7th for the Giants to get a runner into scoring position.