Tuesday's Mashup: Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis impresses in return from cancer treatment

Rockies Chad Bettis to make first start since cancer diagnosis

Rockies Chad Bettis to make first start since cancer diagnosis

NOTES: Before the game and in the seventh inning, the Rockies paid tribute on their video board to Don Baylor, who managed the team in its first six seasons and died August 8 at age 68.

'I was a truck stop outside El Paso when I got a call from my oncologist, he said "Your blood looks good and your tumor markers are all in the normal range".

Bettis is the second major league pitcher to return to the hill this year after beating cancer. He struck out two.

He didn't get the win, but he won the hearts of baseball fans everywhere with his triumphant return. Had it gotten through the Braves would have taken a 1-0 lead.

In the eighth inning, with the scoreboard growing lonely after seeing far too many zeros, the Rockies chose to give it some love. After DJ LeMahieu was intentionally walked, Parra grounded a ball that the drawn-in Dansby Swanson was unable to backhand as Blackmon scored. He did not factor into the decision as Colorado prevailed 3-0 but the outcome of the game was just a minor detail.

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Boston has won the first two of seven regular-season matchups between the clubs, including one of the wildest and most exciting games of the year in their most recent meeting August 1.

The very first batter of the game, Ender Inciarte, hit a sinking line drive to left that Parra laid out for. The ball dribbled all the way to the wall before Parra could collect it. At this point, what pitcher wouldn't try to follow Bettis' example, at least when it comes to fight and determination? After a sacrifice bunt put Suzuki on third with just one out, Bettis had to find a way to keep Suzuki from scoring. Bettis made it through a ideal second inning, and pitched around a single in the third. Bettis also ran onto the Coors Field grass to a standing ovation.

The best-case scenario will unfold Tuesday for rookie Kyle Freeland when he returns to the Colorado Rockies' rotation and starts against the Atlanta Braves. He was pitching. This was a baseball game. After a long battle with Teheran, Arenado anti-climactically popped out to the first baseman in foul territory.

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about the many people who were positively affecting me the whole time", Bettis told MLB.com on Sunday. Holland, who had blown his previous two save chances, gave up a single and walk in the ninth before getting the last out. He is now 1-0 in save opportunities since shaving his head.