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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2008-08-16

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2008-08-16
Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa is an enigma, a 27-year-old with a live arm but whose erratic command has landed him with his third organization in the Rockies.

De La Rosa issued three walks, threw two wild pitches, hit a batter and had just one clean inning Friday as he threw 104 pitches in six innings. But he limited the damage to three runs and evened his record at 6-6 on what might be a very brief return to the rotation as the Rockies beat Washington 4-3.

De La Rosa gave up two hits and a run on his first two pitches of the game but, thanks to right fielder Brad Hawpe throwing Ronnie Belliard out trying to stretch a single into a double, got out of the first on just five pitches.

De La Rosa was anything but efficient from then on as his pitch counts over the next five innings totaled 28, 19, 17, 15 in a one-two-three fifth and 20 before he left after six innings.

"He was grinding from the start until he came out," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He was able to make pitches when he had to. His command was an enemy and it was a friend, but he battled. Bend but did not break I think would be accurate."

De La Rosa started because right-hander Aaron Cook missed a turn Thursday at Coors Field against Arizona because of back stiffness. Cook will start the series finale Sunday at Washington. His outing will have nothing to do with matchups, strategy or the like; Hurdle said Cook would take the mound when he's ready and has clearance from the training staff.

Having Cook face the Nationals means right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and left-hander Jeff Francis will move back a game and make the first two starts of the series at Los Angeles on Tuesday and Wednesday. Righty Livan Hernandez, who was awful in his Rockies debut Sunday and will start Saturday at Washington, and left-hander Glendon Rusch round out a rotation that right now has no room for De La Rosa.

ROCKIES 4, NATIONALS 3: LHP Jorge De La Rosa retired the side in order just once in six innings but held the Nationals, losers of eight straight, to three runs as he won for the fourth time in five starts. De La Rosa, who lost his spot in the rotation when the Rockies acquired Livan Hernandez, was starting for the first time since Aug. 5 because RHP Aaron Cook missed a turn Thursday with back stiffness. Troy Tulowitzki homered for the first run for the Rockies, who rallied for three runs with two out in the fifth, the final two scoring on RF Brad Hawpe's homer.

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Added: August 16, 2008

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