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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-30

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-04-30
It's impossible to minimize the importance of Aaron Cook to the Rockies.

He won 16 games last year, pitched in his first All-Star Game and drew the opening-day start this season. If the Rockies are going to contend, if they are going to make some noise in the NL West, Cook is going to have to do well.

"He's our guy. He's our ace. You want your No. 1 out there," manager Clint Hurdle said. "You want him pitching big games. He knows that. He takes accountability and responsibility every time he takes the mound."

The Rockies lost the first four games Cook started. And he was 0-1 with an 8.35 ERA in those games as his vaunted sinker was mostly a memory. The sinker returned Wednesday as Cook got 12 outs on groundballs and struck out three in seven innings in a 7-5 win against the Padres. The first six innings were a scoreless breeze that required just 78 pitches by Cook. He had a long wait in the bottom of that inning and gave up two homers and three runs in the seventh, his final inning.

Cook said he and pitching coach Bob Apodaca have worked hard in bullpen sessions the past couple weeks on staying back while going into his delivery to give his arm a chance to catch up with his body when releasing the ball. Not doing that, as Cook knows all too well, means striding too far and not being able to effectively sink the ball.

"I knew once I fixed the mechanical part, things would come back to where they need to be," Cook said.

His work with Apodaca went to the extreme of "even looking at video, which I'm not a big fan of," Cook said. He began to see results in his last start Friday against the Dodgers, when he allowed three runs in six innings. Referring to his vaunted sinker, Cook said, "I had it a little bit in that Dodger game and had it really good (Wednesday). Hopefully, that's a sign of things to come."

ROCKIES 7, PADRES 5: The Rockies won their second series of the year as Aaron Cook won for the first time in five starts. He pitched six scoreless innings before giving up three runs on two homers in the seventh. The Rockies had scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to go ahead 7-0. Todd Helton and Chris Iannetta each homered and drove in three runs.

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Added: April 30, 2009

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