May 7, 2013 Updated: May 8, 2013 at 8:05 am
Tyler Chatwood turned disappointment into domination.
The Sky Sox pitcher, demoted after a solid two-start stint with the Rockies, tossed a four-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory over the Iowa Cubs on Tuesday in front of 4,346 at Security Service Field.
The righthander struck out eight, walked none and needed just 89 pitches to complete the 2-hour, 15-minute gem ? the first nine-inning shutout by a Sky Sox pitcher at home since 2003.
'It's definitely tough, ' said Chatwood, who was officially optioned to Triple-A just before his start. 'But I think that's kind of part of it. You can't control it. You've just got to go out there and pitch and try to keep the pressure on the team to make decisions. '
The Rockies will definitely take note of this one. Chatwood allowed just one runner to reach second base, he faced the minimum in all but three innings and induced 14 ground-ball outs. In no inning did he need more than 14 pitches and he never faced more than four batters in an inning.
'He threw a hell of a game, ' said Sky Sox catcher Matt McBride, whose two-run home run in the sixth expanded what at the time was a 3-0 advantage. 'It makes a catcher's job a lot easier back there. He commanded all of his pitches. He was able to locate, keep the ball down, use his sinker and get ahead. You name it, he did it. '
Chatwood was nearly as sharp in his most recent appearance, which was with the Rockies against the Dodgers. He went six scoreless innings in that one, striking out five, walking none and allowing five hits.
In two starts with Colorado, Chatwood went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings. However, he was squeezed out of the rotation when Jhoulys Chacin returned from the disabled list.
'I've just got to keep pitching, no matter where it is, ' said Chatwood, 23, who has thrown 218 big-league innings since 2011 with the Angels and Rockies.
Ben Paulsen's two-run double in the fourth broke a scoreless tie and Iowa starter Nick Struck later balked in a run.
With the big lead, it was questionable if Chatwood would be allowed to finish his game. Despite his low pitch count, it's rare to see a pitcher complete a game in Triple-A.
The last nine-inning shutout of any kind for the Sky Sox came in came on the road in 2006.
But manager Glenallen Hill never so much as had a reliever warm up, as the game belonged to Chatwood.
'I was hoping I would get to go back out, ' Chatwood said. I knew I hadn't thrown many pitches. Just to get the shot was nice. '