For the record, it’s yo-LEES cha-SEEN.
And even more for the record, he’s quietly amassed an 8-4 mark with a 2.81 ERA—numbers worthy of All-Star consideration.
Chacin scattered three hits over six sharp innings and Seth Smith(notes) hit a tiebreaking single as part of a five-run sixth, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
Chacin is among the NL leaders in several categories, including opposing batting average (.196). If Rockies manager Jim Tracy had a say in the matter, Chacin, who’s emerging as the staff ace with Ubaldo Jimenez(notes) struggling, would be at the All-Star Game.
“Has he done enough to be under consideration? Yes. Will it happen? I don’t know,” Tracy said. “Unfortunately, I don’t get a vote. I know the direction I would lean.
“He’s still a little bit new on the scene. But I think those who have walked up there and faced him are well aware of his capability.”
Chacin outdueled another up-and-coming young pitcher in Mat Latos(notes) (4-8), who threw effectively before running out of steam in the sixth. Latos allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.
“It is frustrating. But that’s how it is,” Latos said. “That’s how baseball is.”
The Rockies cranked up their offense with seven singles in the sixth inning, including five straight at one point. Smith, Ty Wigginton(notes) and Charlie Blackmon(notes) all had RBI singles, while pinch hitter Ryan Spilborghs(notes) added a two-run base hit up the middle.
The seven hits ties a season high for an inning and allowed the Rockies to take two of three from the Padres in the series.
Even more, the Rockies are now 2-0 since Tracy’s closed-door meeting in which he implored his team to pick up their game.
Asked if that lecture lit a fire, Wigginton simply said, “Absolutely it does.”
“He’s basically showing that he’s living and dying with us as far as baseball. You want to go out there and respond,” Wigginton said.
Morales threw wild to first after fielding a bunt and had another error on a catcher’s interference call when Ryan Ludwick’s(notes) bat struck his glove. The Padres couldn’t capitalize on the miscues as Morales threw out Jason Bartlett(notes) trying to steal and Chacin got Cameron Maybin(notes) to ground out to thwart the threat.
The inning before, Morales was hit on the right thumb by a foul tip from Johnson. Morales clutched at his hand for several minutes as he crawled on the ground in pain. Following a visit from the trainer, Morales hopped up, took some quick tosses and stayed in the game.
A few pitches later, Johnson hit a solo homer to left, his first since May 3 against Pittsburgh.
The Rockies tied it up in their half of the fifth when Morales reached on a fielder’s choice and Chacin followed with a two-out single. Carlos Gonzalez(notes) added a single up the middle that brought in Morales.
Chacin and Latos each pitched out of early trouble.
Latos surrendered a leadoff double to Troy Tulowitzki(notes) in the second, but avoided a jam when Tulowitzki made a baserunning blunder and was thrown out attempting to advance to third on Wigginton’s grounder to short.
Chacin isn’t getting too caught up in the All-Star talk, preferring to simply do his job and see what comes of it.
“If it happens, it’s good,” Chacin said. “If not, I’ll just keep working all season.”
Notes: RHP Esmil Rogers(notes) had his rehab start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday shortened when he felt discomfort in his side. … OF Dexter Fowler(notes) (abdominal strain) went 0 for 4 in his rehab start with the Sky Sox on Tuesday. … After playing 20 straight contests, the Padres have Thursday off before opening a three-game series in Minnesota.
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