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Purple's patience wearing quite thin Tulowitzki shares Hurdle's urgency for change GIANTS 1, ROCKIES 0 (10 INNINGS)


Purple's patience wearing quite thin Tulowitzki shares Hurdle's urgency for change GIANTS 1, ROCKIES 0 (10 INNINGS)
SAN FRANCISCO - With grim faces and speaking in hushed tones, the Rockies packed their bags and left the visitors' clubhouse at AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon.

It did not escape shortstop Troy Tulowitzki that the 1-0, 10-inning loss to San Francisco dropped the Rockies to 0-7 in one-run games this season.

"Things have got to change, and we have to find a way to get hits and drive men in," Tulowitzki said after the Rockies went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Tulowitzki tipped his cap to lefty Barry Zito, who two-hit the Rockies for seven innings, and to the Giants' bullpen that shackled the Rockies . But Tulo's impatience with himself, and the team, is growing.

"This is happening too often to us," he said. "You can't give pitchers too much credit. Every once in a while you can, and those guys did have good stuff today, but there comes a point and time when we will have to be successful."

The Rockies appear to have run out of patience with deposed closer Manuel Corpas, who coughed up the lone run in the 10th when Rich Aurilia stroked a single to left. There is a possibility that Corpas, who has options, will be sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Asked if a tuneup in the minors could help, Corpas said: "I don't know, maybe. But I'm trying to do my job. I don't want to go back."

Corpas walked reserve catcher Steve Holm to open the Giants' 10th. That was a cardinal sin, especially considering that Holm entered Sunday's game with a blank slate in 2009 - 0-for-18 in the minors and 0-for-1 in the majors.

Holm advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Randy Winn, setting up Aurilia's game-winner off a Corpas slider that stayed up.

Before the game, Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said he wanted five good innings out of starter Jason Hammel. He received six superb, shutout frames. Making his second start, Hammel gave up six hits, one in each inning.

Hammel showed guts, too, proving he's not afraid to throw his curveball in any situation. With two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth, Hammel threw four benders for strikes to Travis Ishikawa, getting a harmless comebacker to the mound to end the Giants' threat.

"This was a dogfight all the way around," Hammel said. "The key was throwing strikes and attacking the zone."

Zito allowed two hits, struck out four and walked one. Between Todd Helton's single in the first and Dexter Fowler's double to deep center in the sixth, Zito retired 15 in a row.

The Rockies' two best chances to score ended in harmless popups to second baseman Emmanuel Burriss.

In the ninth, Brad Hawpe finagled a walk off Giants closer Brian Wilson to pack the bases with two outs, giving Tulowitzki a chance to play hero. But Wilson stared him down, fired a 98 mph fastball and ended the inning with a popup.

In the 10th, with two outs and runners on first and second, reliever Brandon Medders threw a 3-2, 89-mph cutter that proved too much for Ryan Spilborghs to handle. Like Tulowitzki, Spilborghs popped up to Burriss.

Patrick Saunders: 303-954-1428 or psaunders@denverpost.com


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 5, 2009

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