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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-05-16

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-05-16
Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa used to be considered a pitcher with plenty of stuff but one who could be inconsistent and prone to letting his emotions get the better of him. Lately, that hasn't been the case.

De La Rosa still hasn't won in seven starts, but through no fault of his own in his last two outings. Friday at Pittsburgh, he struck out 10 with no walks and allowed one run in seven innings in what turned out to be his fourth no-decision of the season.

May 9, De La Rosa walked one with 12 strikeouts while allowing four hits and two runs in eight innings against the Marlins and took the loss as the Rockies fell 3-1.

With 22 strikeouts in consecutive starts, De La Rosa has tied the franchise record set by Darryl Kile on Aug. 15-20, 1998.

De La Rosa, who is 0-3, with a 3.16 ERA, has allowed two home runs -- both to San Diego's Scott Hairston -- in 42 2/3 innings this season. Opponents are batting just .217 (34-for-157) against De La Rosa, who has made 13 straight starts since returning to the Rockies' rotation on Aug. 15, 2008, and has gone 5-5 with a 2.87 ERA (91 innings pitched, 29 earned runs).

De La Rosa, who made unsuccessful stops with Milwaukee and Kansas City, has worked extensively with Ron Svetich, the Rockies' mental skills coach. Among other things, Svetich impressed upon De La Rosa the importance of taking deep breaths and counting to 10 to relax when he gets in trouble rather than to try to bull his way onward and, more often than not, compound his difficulties.

"I've learned more, I control myself, I throw more quality strikes and nothing bothers me when I'm out there," De La Rosa said.

ROCKIES 3, PIRATES 1: The Rockies scored three runs in the ninth to open a 10-game road trip with a stirring victory. They were denied what would have been the tying run in the eighth when home plate umpire Scott Barry ruled on an appeal from the Pirates that Seth Smith tagged up and left third base too early, a call that appeared blatantly wrong on replays. But the Rockies came back in the ninth, beginning with a leadoff double by pinch hitter Ian Stewart, followed by Brad Hawpe's two-run homer. With two out, pinch hitter Matt Murton singled home the final run. Jorge De La Rosa remained winless in seven starts with four no-decisions but allowed just one run and seven hits in seven innings with no walks and 10 strikeouts. Huston Street struck out the side to earn his fifth save this season and the 99th of his career.

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Added: May 16, 2009

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