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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-13

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-13
The Rockies lost free agent left-handed closer Brian Fuentes over the winter when he signed a two-year, $17.5 million with the Angels. But by acquiring right-handed reliever Huston Street from the A's in the Matt Holliday deal and adding him to a bullpen that included righty Manuel Corpas, the Rockies felt confident about the back end of their pen.

So far, not so good.

Street and Corpas combined have pitched six innings and have allowed 10 hits and five runs for a 7.50 ERA. Corpas blew a save and Street suffered the loss Sunday as each gave up a two-run homer in the Phillies' 7-5 win. Street had 94 career saves entering this season and Corpas had 23. Both began last season as closers but were removed from that role. The two competed in spring training for the closer's job, with Street winning out.

Street earned his first save with the Rockies on April 7, throwing 10 pitches in his Rockies' debut to close out a 3-0 win. But he came on April 11 for an inning of work with the Rockies trailing the Phillies 7-4 and allowed one run and three hits and threw 23 pitches before Corpas threw two pitches to get the final out of the inning.

Both Corpas and Street stumbled badly in the final game against the Phillies, after Jason Grilli and Alan Embree combined for a scoreless seventh in relief of starter Aaron Cook. Trying to protect a 5-3 lead, Corpas gave up a leadoff single to Shane Victorino followed by Chase Utley's two-run homer.

Rather surprisingly, Corpas, who has been in the big leagues since July 2007, said of Utley, "I don't know him; now I know." Corpas said he was trying to throw a sinker over the outside part of the plate to the left-handed hitting Utley but the pitch went inside.

Street gave up a leadoff double in the ninth to Pedro Feliz, who was sacrificed to third. Matt Stairs then unloaded his 15th career pinch-hit home run, a 432-foot shot into the Phillies bullpen in right-center that sent Street and the Rockies to a 7-5 loss.

"You have to get over it," Street said. "I'm sure he's over it. I'm over it. We weren't very good today. It's not OK, but it happens. When it does happen, let's learn. Not only, 'I missed my spot,' but, 'Why did I miss my spot?' And correct those things."

"After six games, you'd like to see a game be put away with a 5-3 lead going into the eighth inning," manager Clint Hurdle said. "That didn't happen. These guys are capable."

PHILLIES 7, ROCKIES 5: Reliever Manuel Corpas gave up a two-run homer in the eighth to 2B Chase Utley after Shane Victorino led off with a single. Closer Huston Street yielded a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Matt Stairs, the 15th pinch-hit homer of his career, with one out in the ninth that gave the Phillies their victory and two wins in the three-game series. The Rockies scored four runs in the first off Chan Ho Park and another in the second, but after the fourth inning, they were held to two hits, both singles.

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Added: April 13, 2009

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