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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-25

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-25
Aaron Cook tied his career high with six walks and didn't figure in the decision as the Rockies lost for the fourth time he has started this year but in the process, he took a huge stride forward.

The reason for that is simple: Cook rediscovered his sinker.

He allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings against the Dodgers, walked six, one of them intentional, and struck out four.

"I hadn't had my sinker working all year," Cook said, "and (Friday) I was able to get it down in the zone."

Cook entered the game 0-1 with a 10.22 ERA in his initial three starts of the season and had yielded five homers in 12 1/3 innings. Last year, he gave up 13 homers in 211 1/3 innings.

He said he worked hard between starts on an adjustment in his stride, which enabled him to get on top of the ball. Manager Clint Hurdle said after the second inning, "his entire game kind of improved and we saw some of the Aaron Cook we saw in the past."

Cook gave up three hits, two walks and two runs in the first, which he ended with a double play.

Cook gave up another walk in the second, but after that inning, Hurdle said, "he got over the hump. He regained his sinker. He was more efficient. He was able to put down his foot in the fifth and then put them down in order in the sixth."

Cook had the bases loaded and one run home in the fifth when he struck out Matt Kemp and Casey Blake and got Brad Ausmus to ground into a force out.

This is the first time Cook walked six without Barry Bonds in the lineup and without the Rockies trailing 4-0. He hadn't walked that many in 118 starts. Cook walked four on July 17, 2004, against the Giants in a 4-0 loss when he allowed two hits and three runs in 7 1/3 innings. He also gave up six walks July 11, 2003, at San Francisco in a 4-0 loss when he gave up six hits and four runs in six innings.

DODGERS 6, ROCKIES 5: Clint Barmes' first career pinch-hit homer, a two-run shot in the eighth, tied the game, but the Dodgers scored a run against Manuel Corpas to win in the ninth. James Loney led off with a double and scored when Brad Ausmus grounded a two-out single to left.

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Added: April 25, 2009

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