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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-21


Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-21
Left-hander Franklin Morales pitched well at Arizona in his first start of the season. That was April 8 in the third game of the season.

His second start comes Tuesday night, also at Arizona, and the slumping Rockies could use a big effort by Morales. They dropped their fourth straight game and lost for the seventh time in eight games Monday when they fell 6-3 at Arizona.

Morales held the Diamondbacks to one run in six innings in his start and won 9-2. Because the Rockies didn't need a fifth starter until now, Morales was sent to Class AAA Colorado Springs for one start. He allowed two hits in six scoreless innings and didn't get unnerved by five walks. But he pitched at 89 mph, only twice hitting 91 mph.

The Rockies got five innings out of Jason Marquis in their latest loss, meaning their starters have worked 62 1/3 innings in 12 games, which averages out to 5.19 innings per game. In the National League, only the Nationals' starters (61 2/3) have worked fewer innings, but the Nats did get six innings and a win out of Jordan Zimmerman in his major league debut Monday.

Rockies pitchers have allowed 19 homers in 12 games, including six with at least one runner aboard. By contrast, the Rockies have hit 18 homers, but 15 have come with the bases empty -- more than any NL team -- and the other three came with one man on. The Rockies have yielded two three-run homers and one grand slam.

While losing seven of their last eight games, the Rockies have gone 9-for-60 with runners in scoring position. The only time this season they have had more than two hits in a game with runners in scoring position was when they went 7-for-14 on April 10 while beating the Phillies 10-3 in their home opener.

The Rockies have been outscored 33-13 while losing four straight and 39-18 on what has become a 1-5 road trip. They have slipped to 4-8 for the season, which is worse than a year ago at this time (5-7), when they were doomed by a poor first couple of months.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, ROCKIES 3: The Rockies lost their fourth straight and seventh in their last eight games. RHP Jason Marquis, who had won his first two starts, gave up nine hits and six runs in five innings. He had not allowed a home run in 15 innings this season before Mark Reynolds led off the second with a homer, and Miguel Montero hit a three-run shot to key a four-run fifth, one batter after SS Troy Tulowitzki's wide throw prevented 2B Clint Barmes from completing a double play. Ian Stewart homered in the sixth to make it 6-2, but reliever Scott Schoeneweis came on and struck him out with runners at second and third in the seventh.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 21, 2009

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