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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-05-06

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-05-06
The Rockies just finished a 2-3 trip to San Francisco and San Diego, suffering each of the losses by one run -- 3-2 and 1-0 in 10 innings at San Francisco and 2-1 in 10 innings at San Diego. They are 0-8 in one-run games, and have two losses by two runs, a major reason they are 10-15 overall.

Chris Iannetta's grand slam in the seventh inning Monday, which lifted Colorado to a 9-6 win Monday at San Diego, is the sort of big hit the Rockies have been lacking. They reverted to their old ways Tuesday in an extra-inning loss to the Padres. The Rockies blew a huge chance in the seventh, which began with a single by Todd Helton and double by Brad Hawpe. Garrett Atkins grounded to shortstop, and Helton, running on contact, was thrown out at home. Troy Tulowitzki then grounded to third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, who stepped on third and threw across the diamond to complete a double play.

What has gotten better for the Rockies is their starting pitching. Aaron Cook allowed one run in eight innings, meaning the starters have worked at least six innings in six of the past seven games and at least seven innings in four of them. In those seven games, the starters are 2-1 with a 2.44 ERA.

Cook's rebound bodes well for the Rockies. He was their opening-day starter, but they went 0-4 in his first four outings, and he was 0-1 with an 8.35 ERA in those games. In his past two starts, Cook has allowed four runs and 10 hits in 15 innings. He had his best game of the year Tuesday at Petco Park, which isn't that surprising. In eight career starts there, Cook is 5-1 with a 1.61 ERA (10 earned runs in 56 innings).

The Rockies are 6-11 in their 19-game stretch of games against NL West clubs, which ends with a two-game series against the Giants at Coors Field. That's the start of an eight-game homestand, which also includes three-game visits by the Marlins and Astros. With their rotation no longer solely dependent on Jason Marquis, the Rockies are playing better than they were at the outset of the season, but they have fallen 8 1/2 games behind the torrid Dodgers.

PADRES 2, ROCKIES 1 (10 innings): Aaron Cook gave up a run in the first inning, which could have been worse because the Padres had the bases loaded and one out, before he held San Diego scoreless over the next seven innings. The Rockies tied the game at 1 in the eighth when Chris Iannetta led off with a homer. The Padres won when Matt Daley walked Edgar Gonzalez with one out in the 10th inning, and Brian Giles followed with a game-winning double.

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Added: May 6, 2009

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