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 C...