Rockies Take First Game 3-1

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.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

When the season began, JDLR was possibly our worst pitcher because of minimal Spring Training time. But several of us noted that while he was wild, frustrated, and ready to wrestle with Wilin, his velocity was excellent and he just needed time. Now……I just hope his back and finger are OK, because his arm and head are in really good places. When Wilin comes back, McHenry goes back to AAA. That one is easy. But the move corresponding to Cuddyers… Read more »

Jeem
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Jeem
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Yeah. How do you train/rehab to preclude a Tommy-John-About-to-Happen?

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

I think we’ll see clubs handle these things more like Kershaw / Sale. Jump on it really early and be aggressively conservative. Sale is a young guy…..and has had this for 3 consecutive years now (although the previous two….he just missed a start, no DL time). But he signed his big contract last summer, and of course Kershaw signed his this past winter. The Dodgers can be a real cluster at times, but they handled Kershaw’s injury very well. I… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

To quote Keith Jackson – “whoa Nellie…..SD places Andrew Cashner on the DL with elbow soreness.”

Get in the waiting line at Dr Andrews office. Can I buy stock in that place?

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

SDCarp, I was thinking the same thing about DLR. I tried to find his velocity last year and the highest I found was 93. He is now hitting 95 or 96 regularly, which is what he was like coming up (wild and without any mental coaching). I wrote the other day that there are those who say “get the TJ done early, it makes you throw harder” crowd. Some of these are coaching kids. It junk but…DLR is a better… Read more »

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