What was written on his glove said it all. "Maria Alvarez TQM" which is Spanish shorthand for "I love you very much." Jhoulys Chacin pitched with a heavy heart Friday night less than one week after Alvarez his beloved grandmother died in Chacin's native Venezuela. In his first game back from the bereavement list Chacin pitched the Rockies past the Miami Marlins 3-2 at Marlins Park. Chacin (12-7 3.22 ERA) threw seven innings — and the Rockies rallied for two runs in the eighth to make him the winning pitcher. "I think that (rally) was my grandmother willing that to happen" Chacin said in Spanish. "This game was very emotional for me. When I was a kid my grandmother took me to all my games because my parents were working. She loved baseball." His grandmother would have loved how Chacin pitched Friday working around the heart of the Marlins' lineup and finding ways to keep the Rockies in the game. Chacin allowed four hits four walks and two runs. The walks were a season high for Chacin but they weren't as bad as it might appear. Two walks were drawn by Giancarlo Stanton the Marlins' most dangerous hitter and one was against cleanup hitter Logan Morrison. "I didn't want Stanton to beat me" Chacin said. Chacin received some clutch play from his teammates as the Rockies won for just the second time in their past seven games. The Rockies also got a rare road victory improving to 24-43 away from Denver. Adam Ottavino pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Rex Brothers pitching in place of injured closer Rafael Betancourt earned the save — his 12th of the season — with a 1-2-3 ninth. He struck out two.
Rockies rally past Marlins with Jhoulys Chacin strong in return from bereavement
Denver Post | Aug 24