Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hits an eighth inning home run against the San Diego Padres on Friday night (Photo: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images).
The postseason is within sight. But the Colorado Rockies are not there just yet.
Friday night at Coors Field, they took one step closer with a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres in front of a group of former Rockies from the magical 2007 Rocktober team that advanced to the World Series.
Nolan Arenado homered to lead a nine-hit attack that supported a second straight solid start by Tyler Chatwoon. He gave up a run on four hits in five-and-two-thirds innings.
The Rockies jumped into the lead thanks to a four-run second inning. Chatwood got the scoring started with a two-run single. D.J. LeMahieu brought in two more runs with a triple to right.
With 14 games left in the regular season, the Rockies have a two-and-a-half game lead over the Brewers in the race for the second National League wild card. The Cardinals trail the Rockies by three-and-a-half games.
Former Rockies great Todd Helton was among the members of the 2007 team that were on hand Friday night.
The Rockies and Padres play game two of their series Saturday night. Coverage starts at 5:30 p.m. MDT on KOA NewsRadio 850 AM and 94.1 FM.
The Rockies produced a great video on the 2007 team.
Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond spoke with KOA NewsRadio Voice of the Rockies Jerry Schemmel after the win on Friday night.
Postgame comments from Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood.
Postgame comments from Rockies manager Bud Black.
Comments from former Rockies first baseman Todd Helton.