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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-22

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-22
The Rockies bullpen, which has been hugely ineffective and a reason the team lost eight of its first 12 games, rose to the occasion Tuesday in a 9-6 win at Arizona.

Left-handed starter Franklin Morales had to leave the game with a strained left shoulder while warming up in the third. That seemed ominous, since Colorado bullpen was 0-3 with a 6.13 ERA and had allowed 11 homers in 39 2/3 innings.

Glendon Rusch did allow four runs in 2 1/3 innings in relief of Morales but got into the fifth inning after throwing 59 pitches.

Matt Belisle rescued Rusch and retired the five batters he faced. Deposed closer Huston Street retired the side in order in the seventh in his new role. Manager Clint Hurdle said he would use Street ahead of right-hander Jason Grilli and left-hander Alan Embree. After Grilli issued his first two unintentional walks of the season, Embree came on in the eighth and threw a wild pitch in the process of recording a strikeout and got a groundout to strand runners at second and third, paving the way for Corpas, who gave up a single. That was the only hit allowed by the five relievers who worked after Rusch.

Morales' short outing, albeit caused by injury, was the seventh of five or fewer innings in 13 games. The Rockies have gotten 64 1/3 innings from their starters this season, which has put added pressure on the bullpen, particularly the middle men.

General manager Dan O'Dowd said, "We are using our bullpen guys when we have to, not when we want to. You need the rotation at the front end and the closer to anchor the back, and the rest of it starts to fall into place. We can tinker with the bullpen, which we will. But the 11th reliever is not going to make or break the club."

ROCKIES 9, DIAMONDBACKS 6: The Rockies broke a four-game losing streak Tuesday and won for just the second time in nine games. They scored four runs in the sixth with two outs to go ahead 7-6. After Ryan Spilborghs grounded into a double play with the bases loaded when Arizona SS Augie Ojeda made a diving stop, Todd Helton singled home a run, Garrett Atkins doubled and Brad Hawpe singled both runners home. After Glendon Rusch pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief of injured starter Franklin Morales, who left the game after two innings, and five relievers combined to hold the Diamondbacks to one hit and no runs over the final 4 2/3 innings.

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Added: April 22, 2009

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