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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-18

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-18
Reliever Manuel Corpas is again the closer, nearly one year after losing that job, as manager Clint Hurdle decided to "back" Huston Street into an earlier role in the bullpen and let Corpas attempt to hold ninth-inning leads, for the time being.

Street gave up home runs in consecutive appearances, including a two-run, game-winner Sunday to Phillies pinch hitter Matt Stairs and a leadoff homer to Derrek Lee in a 5-2 win Wednesday over the Cubs. Street then issued a walk and a bloop single, prompting Hurdle to pull him and call upon Jason Grilli, who earned his second big league save.

"We are going to try and find a way to help Huston get his consistency," Hurdle said. "We are going to back him away from the flame."

Corpas was the Rockies closer the final three months of 2007 when they the first National League pennant in franchise history. Corpas began last season as the closer but blew four of his first eight save opportunities, and with a 7.50 ERA after his first 11 appearances, lost the job after an April 23rd outing.

Street was one of three players the Rockies received from the A's in November for outfielder Matt Holliday. In the waning days of spring training, Hurdle announced Street as the closer and cited his final eight games in which he allowed one run and never threw more than 12 pitches in an inning.

But opposing hitters went 8-for-15 with two doubles and two homers against Street, who had a 13.50 ERA in four games, and Hurdle opted to go with Corpas to close. Hurdle said there is no set role for Street, other than "we want to get him regular work and see if he can get some things worked out."

It's likely Grilli will assume the role of the right-handed setup man, with Alan Embree taking that responsibility when a left-handed reliever is needed.

Street pitched the eighth inning Friday at Los Angeles, entering the game to face the top of the order with the Rockies trailing 4-3. Orlando Hudson singled with one out and stole second with Manny Ramirez batting. But Street struck out Ramirez and got Matt Kemp to ground out.

DODGERS 4, ROCKIES 3: The Rockies scored three runs on three hits in the first, including a run-scoring double by Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe's two-run homer, but then were held to three hits over the final eight innings. Glendon Rusch got pinch-hitter James Loney, the only batter he faced, to ground into a double play to end the sixth, but Matt Belisle, Alan Embree and Jason Grilli allowed a combined five hits in the seventh when the Dodgers scored four runs. Belisle was particularly ineffective, starting the inning by giving up a single to Rafel Furcal, walking Orlando Hudson and allowing a run-scoring single to Manny Ramirez before being lifted. Embree gave up a game-tying double to Andre Ethier, and Grilli allowed Mark Loretta's flared single that proved to be the game-winner.

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