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Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-04


Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-04
--RHP Jason Marquis has four of the Rockies' nine victories and four of the seven wins by the starting pitchers. He threw a complete game five-hitter May 2 at San Francisco, the first by a Rockies pitcher since July 22 when RHP Ubaldo Jimenez threw a complete game against the Dodgers at Coors Field. The complete game was the fifth of Marquis' career and his first since May 9, 2007 against the Pirates, when Marquis was with the Cubs.

--The Rockies finished April with an 8-12 record, a .400 winning percentage which is their third-lowest April winning percentage in franchise history. The Rockies were 6-15 in 2005 and 8-14 in 1993. The Rockies went 2-4-1 in April series, winning their first and last series of the month. This was their third straight losing April and fifth in the past six years. Their overall April record in 17 seasons is 178-209.

--The Rockies are 0-5 in series openers on the road, a streak they will try to end Monday at San Diego.

--With his win April 29 against the Padres, RHP Aaron Cook became the first Rockies starter other than Jason Marquis to earn a victory since April 10. Marquis is 3-1. The rest of the Rockies starters are 3-6. Cook's victory, which was his first in nine starts since Aug. 29, 2008, at San Diego, improved his record with the Rockies to 53-44 and tied him for second place in victories on the club's all-time list with Pedro Astacio (53-48). The leader in wins is Jason Jennings. And the fact that Cook beat the Padres should come as no surprise. He's 12-4 with a 2.80 ERA lifetime against the Padres in 21 games, 19 starts, and has more wins against them than any other club.

--The five stolen bases April 27 by CF Dexter Fowler against the Padres were one short of the club record set by Eric Young on June 30, 1996, against the Dodgers, and tied for the second most in club history with Willly Taveras, who stole five bases June 14, 2008, at Chicago against the White Sox.

--Fowler, who entered the game with four stolen bases, tied the modern rookie record of five steals in a game. It was most recently accomplished by Damian Jackson of the Padres against the Rockies on June 28, 1999.

Fowler's five stolen bases are one more than the Braves (4) have as a team this season. Rickey Henderson, the all-time leader with 1,406 stolen bases, stole five bases in a game once, in his 1,419th game and Lou Brock (938 steals, 2,616 games) and Tim Raines (808 steals, 2,502 games) never did.

--The Rockies stole eight bases against the Padres, the second most in club history, behind the 10 in that game against the Dodgers. The eight stolen bases, all against Padres RH Chris Young in three-plus innings, were one short of the entire Rockies team total in the previous 17 games.

--OF Ryan Spilborghs led off and hit two homers Saturday at San Francisco, something he did July 4 last season at Coors Field. He's the first Rockies player to hit two homers from the leadoff spot twice and the first to do it in a road game. Spilborghs also stole two bases and became the first player with two homers and two steals in a game since Chris Duffy did it for the Pirates on Sept. 7, 2006 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

"I got into trouble two weeks ago when I leading off, because I was taking too many pitches and I was getting behind in counts," Spilborghs said. "I have been really aggressive of late, just trying to jump on pitches early in the count. That's more my style of hitting."

Spilborghs struck out 14 times in 41 at-bats in the first 10 games of the season. In his past 13 games, he has struck out four times in 44 at-bats.

--Spilborghs and Fowler have led off games this season with homers, the latter doing it April 8 at Arizona. The two leadoff homers are the most by the Rockies since 2006 when they also had two -- Kazuo Matsui on Sept. 16 at Arizona and Jamey Carroll on Sept. 30 at Chicago.

--Rockies starters have thrown six or more innings in five consecutive games (April 28-May 3) for the first time this season. In April, the Rockies starters ranked last in the NL in innings pitched.

--Left-handed hitters are 4-for-23 with five strikeouts against RH reliever Matt Belisle.

--The Rockies are 0-7 in one-run games and 0-7 in games decided in the seventh inning or later.

--RHP Ryan Speier, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 19 with a strained left hamstring, is scheduled to throw a simulated game Monday in San Diego. He has thrown three times in the bullpen, the last time Saturday in damp weather in San Francisco. If Speier comes through his simulated game without problems, he's expected to be sent out on a minor league rehabilitation assignment to be sure the mechanical issues that contributed to his hamstring strain are corrected.

BY THE NUMBERS: 0 -- three-run homers or grand slams by the Rockies. They have hit 30 home runs, 20 with the bases empty and 10 with one runner on base.

--.478 average by left-handed hitters against RHP Manuel Corpas. They are 11-for-23 against him with one double, one homer and a .480 on-base percentage.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "In the bullpen, you have a lot of guys out there where you don't know what you are going to get. That's got to end." -- Manager Clint Hurdle, on the Rockies relievers.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 4, 2009

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