Rockies Claim RHP Josh Roenicke & INF Ryan Rohlinger Off Waivers

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Rockies Claim RHP Josh Roenicke & INF Ryan Rohlinger Off Waivers

Though the Colorado Rockies have an off day from the diamond, the front office was active on Thursday afternoon, claiming pitcher Josh Roenicke and infielder Ryan Rohlinger off waivers. Both were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs immediately after the moves were made official.

Roenicke worked his way up to the majors with the Cincinnati Reds before he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009 for Scott Rolen. He's never spent an entire season in the majors, his career high being 24 relief appearances in 2009 between the two teams. He has a 6.04 ERA in Triple-A this season and will be organizational depth.

Rohlinger was also another positional depth move. He was designated for assignment last week by the San Francisco Giants. In 46 career game for them, Rohlinger hit .134 with a .377 OPS. He struck out in his only at-bat with the Giants this season, that coming on May 3. I n144 plate appearances in Triple-A, he was hitting .174 with a .331 OPS.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Ubaldo Jimenez Throws Complete Game Shutout In 3-0 Colorado Victory

It took two months, but the Colorado Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez picked up his first win of the season as his team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0. The victory came as part of a four-hit complete game shutout. He reached 96 mph on the gun repeatedly, struck out seven and walked zero batters.

The Rockies' offense was the most potent of powers, but it got the job done. Sacrifice flies in the second and third innings by Jose Morales and Carlos Gonzalez, respectively, put the Rockies up early. Then in the fourth innings, Todd Helton hit a home run to right field for a 3-0 lead. He now has seven homers on the season, one short of his 2010 total.

Jimenez picked up his second complete game of the season, throwing an eight-inning loss to the Brewers in May. This is his eighth career complete game and his third shutout. He had four complete games and two shutouts in 2010 when he finished third in NL Cy Young voting.

The highlight of Jimenez's evening was the five-pitch, 1-2-3 seventh inning he threw. All three outs were on the ground.

The Rockies (26-29, 13-14 road) are off Thursday before heading to San Francisco for a three-game weekend series starting Friday.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Ubaldo Jimenez Starts Off June For Colorado

May is over, so it is time for the Colorado Rockies to start something new in June. With Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound, the Rockies will look to get him his first win of the season. After a two-hit, eight-inning complete game loss against the Brewers, Jimenez got pounded by the St. Louis Cardinals for six runs on 12 hits in six innings to fall to 0-5. Now is the time for him to pick up that first win.

But that may be a tough task. Since their 15-run outburst against the Cardinals on Saturday, the Rockies have scored six runs over their last three games. Ty Wigginton has accounted for two of those runs through two solo home runs. And in the first game with the Dodgers, the Rockies picked up 14 hits and one run; they went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and followed that up on Tuesday with an 0-for-3 RISP.

The Dodgers will have Jon Garland on the mound. He just came off of a strong start against the Florida Marlins, allowing one run over six innings. He's been on the wrong end of run support, gaining just eight runs from the offense in five May starts. He did get shelled two starts earlier when he allowed seven runs in 3.2 innings. Other than that the most runs he allowed in in May came on the first day of the month when he gave up three.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Colorado's Offense Dormant While Ted Lilly Pitches LA To 8-2 Victory

The Colorado Rockies continued their woeful ways with an 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They have now lost 10 of their last 13 games.

Ted Lilly was on top of his game on Tuesday night. He allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings. He struck out eight, at least five of which sent the Rockies batter down without even swinging. The two runs scored on a Clayton Mortensen sac fly in the third inning and a Ty Wigginton home run in the seventh inning.

Clayton Mortensen didn't help his case to stay in the rotation, leaving after four innings. He allowed five runs over those innings, two in the first innings on a Matt Kemp home run. Kemp drove in two more on a single in the third inning. Former Rockies Aaron Miles doubled in a run in the next inning. In the seventh inning, Matt Daley allowed a three-run home run to Casey Blake.

The Rockies (25-29, 12-14 road) finish this series on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. MT. Ubaldo Jimenez and Jon Garland duel.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Can Colorado Put Hits And Runs On The Board?

It's not often that a team collects 14 hits and manages only one run, but that's what the Colorado Rockies did on Memorial Day in their 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was, obviously, not the way the team wanted to start their nine-game road trip.

They will try to put things in order on Tuesday evening with Clayton Mortensen on the mound. He is likely pitching to keep his spot in the rotation as Juan Nicasio is making a case to stay in the majors. With Aaron Cook making one more rehab start before being activated, either Mortensen or Nicasio will be sent back to the minors.

Mortensen is 1-2 in four starts with a 4.01 ERA and has picked up those losses in his last two starts. But he gets ground balls 57.6 percent of the time and strands nearly 78 percent of runners. A 4.58 FIP says he isn't doing quite that well with outcomes that he is solely responsible for (four home runs, eight walks in last three starts, though 14 strikeouts), but a .196 BABIP shows he's been extremely lucky on balls in play.

The Dodgers will have Ted Lilly pitch. Lilly signed a three-year, $33 million contract during the offseason, but he hasn't had the greatest of seasons so far. However, he has put together back-to-back quality starts. While not picking up the win in either one, Lilly allowed three runs in seven innings to the Chicago White Sox and one run in six innings to the Houston Astros. He averages 5.93 strikeouts per nine innings, well below his career average of 7.65. His fastball now sits just around 86.5 mph.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Colorado Fall In 7-1 Loss To Los Angeles

The Colorado Rockies' inability to pick up hits when they need them most continued to haunt them in a 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Memorial Day. The Rockies did pick up 14 hits, but a Ty Wigginton home run in the fourth inning was the only damage they could manage. It was a 1-for-12 night hitting with runners in scoring position.

In the first inning, Troy Tulowitzki singled to center field with Carlos Gonzalez at second base (he stole it for his seventh of the year). Gonzalez attempted to score on the play, but Matt Kemp gunned him down at the plate. In the second inning, Todd Helton and Seth Smith hit back-to-back singles to start things, but then they went nowhere after three consecutive swinging strikeouts ended the inning.

Things looked up in the seventh for the Rockies--despite a six-run deficit--when Troy Tulowitzki was at the plate with one out and the bases loaded. Chris Nelson, recently called up, had reached with a single, but was out on an Eric Young Jr. fielder's choice. Dexter Fowler singled to move Young to second and then Carlos Gonzalez walked to load the bases. Tulowitzki started his at-bat with a strike taken and then fouled a pitch. After drawing two balls, Tulowitzki hit into an inning-ending double play.

Jason Hammel took the hook after he allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings. The bullpen of Matt Daley, Greg Reynolds and Matt Belisle held the Dodgers to one hit and zero runs over the remaining 3.1 innings. Chad Billingsley, on the other hand, allowed two runs on 11 hits and struck out eight Rockies.

The Rockies (25-28, 12-13 road) continue this series Tuesday night at 8:10 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Colorado Begins Nine-Game Road Trip

The Colorado Rockies start a crucial nine-game road trip with a three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers to start the week. The road could be a good relief for the Rockies, since they are 13-15 at Coors Field this season. But after a great start on the road, the Rockies are 12-12 when visiting.

There was some hope found for the Rockies in their 15-4 pounding of the St. Louis Cardinals, but that was followed up with a 4-3 loss on Sunday. The Rockies went 1-6 on their recent homestand.

The Rockies haven't seen the Los Angeles Dodgers since they swept a two-game series from them at the start of April. Since then, the Dodgers have gone into financial troubles, Major League Baseball is involved and the team is 24-30, fourth in the NL West. They have yet to build a win streak longer than three games, but they just took two of three from the Florida Marlins.

The Dodgers will have Chad Billingsley on the mound to start the series. He has a 3.69 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 68.1 innings. In May, Billingsley has gone at least six innings in his five starts so far and went seven and eight innings twice each. But on his April 6 start against the Rockies, it was a dreary, cold, rainy day and he allowed five runs in three innings. He is 2-5 in 12 career games (10 starts) against the Rockies and holds a 5.40 ERA.

Jason Hammel will pitch for the Rockies. He maintains a 3.20 ERA through 10 starts, though the Rockies have lost his last five starts (and he's picked up three of the losses). He pitched seven strong innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but was the hard luck loser because of bad defense and lack of offense. An Alfredo Amezaga flubbed throw eventually led to two unearned runs. A Todd Helton sac fly scored the only Rockies run.

Expected pitching matchups

Monday, May 30, 6:10 p.m. MT, ROOT
Jason Hammel vs. Chad Billingsley

Tuesday, May 31, 8:10 p.m. MT, ROOT
Clayton Mortensen vs. Ted Lilly

Wednesday, June 1, 8:10 p.m. MT, ROOT
Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Jon Garland

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