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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-05-02

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-05-02
Manuel Corpas is out and Huston Street is in -- again -- as the Rockies closer.

Manager Clint Hurdle announced the change Friday, one that had been expected considering Street earned a save when the team last played Wednesday and Corpas' ongoing problems.

"Huston has made progress, Manny has not," manager Clint Hurdle said.

Corpas, who had replaced Street as the closer the second week in the season, will be stretched out in early situations, Hurdle said, in an effort to overcome the inconsistency that has plagued him since the start of last season.

Street struck out the side Wednesday on 15 pitches to earn his second save of the season as the Rockies beat the Padres 7-5. Street's past four outings and five of his past have been scoreless, but Street has a 6.10 ERA overall in 12 games, indicative of his earlier troubles.

Corpas earned a save at Arizona on April 21, his first in one year and two days. He gave up runs in three of four appearances during the just-completed 3-3 homestand, and suffered two of the losses. Corpas will slide into the middle part of the game rather than simply move back to a set-up role in the eighth.

"He's not pitching well enough to be the eighth-inning guy right now," Hurdle said. "We're going to try to get him more right-handers than left-handers. We're going to try to maybe go double innings with him from time to time for like a volume of pitches, kind of the way we brought him up, and see where that takes us. But there's got to be better consistency and there's got to be better location for him to stay and contribute here."

Left-handed hitters are 11-for-23 (.478) against Corpas, and right-handers are 6-for-20 (.300).

Hurdle said he will use left-handed reliever Alan Embree and right-handed reliever Jason Grilli in set-up situations with Embree having the edge because of his experience and he can be effective against right- and left-handed hitters. Hurdle said where match-ups might be better, he would use Grilli.

GIANTS 3, ROCKIES 2: The Giants scored three runs, two on sacrifice flies, in seven innings against Ubaldo Jimenez. Over that same span, the Rockies were held scoreless by Randy Johnson, who allowed four singles and struck out nine. Johnson got Todd Helton to ground into an inning-ending double play with runners on first and second in the sixth. The Rockies broke through with five hits and two runs in the eighth, but with the bases loaded and two out, closer Brian Wilson struck out Ryan Spilborghs.

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