The Rockies continued to have their problems hitting a soft tossing left handed pitcher, but Jorge De La Rosa has returned to form to outpitch Eric Stults. JDLR (5-3) has won his fifth straight start in which he has a 1.58 ERA after starting the season 0-3 (four starts) with a 7.58 ERA. De La Rosa is now 3-0 with a 2.82 ERA in four starts at Coors Field this season and 13-1 with a 2.77 ERA since the start of the 2012 season there. In his career at Coors Field, De La Rosa is 38-12 with a 4.13 ERA. That would qualify JDLR for Coors Pitching Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
JDLR left everything on the table tonight in his stellar effort. Toeing the rubber, he threw seven shutout innings of one-hit ball while issuing just one pass. He faced the minimum number of batter (Jordan Pacheco nabbed Cameron Maybin on a steal attempt to erase a walk) through six innings. Chris Denorfia finally broke the no-hitter bid with a triple off the out-of-town scoreboard leading off the seventh inning. JDLR then dug in and won the war when he shattered Everth Cabrerra’s bat for the first out on a grounder to the drawn-in infield. Chase Headley followed by hitting a weak line drive to D.J. LeMahieu off the very end of the bat for the second out. JDLR then ended his night forcing a pop up to Carlos Quentin.
JDLR helped scored the first run in the fifth inning with his bat and an assist from Jedd Gyorko’s error. JDLR hustled to beat out the throw to help the team score an unearned run and paid a small price. He felt a little pain that prompted a visit from trainer Keith Dugger, but continued to pitch. That was after he felt a minor discomfort running out a grounder in the third inning. He finally called it a night despite throwing only 89 pitches over seven innings when he had swelling on the middle knuckle of his pitching hand.
Nazty had a RBI single in the seventh to make the score 2-0 and the Rockies added an unearned insurance run in the eighth for the third run. A mini-drama occurred when NoDo was rung up on a low borderline pitch and he had a few words for the home plate umpire and walked away immediately. Ejected – what? NoDo was less dramatic than Tulo two nights ago and yet he got a quicker thumb. Wow. LaTroy Hawkins gave the Rockies a minor scare giving up a run and two on before securing his tenth save of the season. Colorado improved to 24-19 and 14-5 at Coors Field. With San Francisco’s loss, Colorado closed the gap to three games out of first place.