Rockies Vs. Padres: Christian Friedrich Prevents Sweep, Strikes Out 7 In Debut

Christian Friedrich turned in a solid major-league debut and has made a strong case to have at least one more start with the Rockies. Colorado defeated San Diego, 6-2, on Wednesday afternoon.

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Rockies Vs. Padres Final Score: Christian Friedrich Shines In Debut; Colorado Wins, 6-2

The Colorado Rockies ended a five-game losing streak on Wednesday afternoon with a 6-2 victory over the San Diego Padres. Rookie Christian Friedrich made his major-league debut and picked up the win with an outstanding outing.

Friedrich (1.50 ERA) had some trouble early on when he allowed one run each in the first and third innings (a Joel Guzman RBI single and a Yonder Alonso double, respectively), but he ended the third inning with a strikeout. He then retired the next six batters before allowing a leadoff single to Chase Headley in the top of the sixth inning. Headley, though, got no farther than second base since Friedrich retired the side 1-2-3 after that hit.

Overall, Friedrich allowed just two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out seven.

The Rockies did most of its scoring in the fourth and sixth innings, tagging start Anthony Bass for five of those runs. In the fourth inning, Jason Giambi hit an RBI double to score Carlos Gonzalez. Michael Cuddyer was thrown out at home on the play, but that would have been a moot point had replay shown that Giambi's wall was actually a home run. But replay showed that the ball never hit over the wall, upholding the run scored and the out.

In the sixth inning, Cuddyer tied the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly. Wilin Rosario followed with a two-run double that also went to replay. Just as happened on the Giambi play, the call on the field was upheld. Chris Nelson added an RBI in that inning and then another run for good measure in the eighth inning.

The Rockies (13-17, 5-7 away) are off on Thursday, but they will stay on the road to play the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend.

For more on these teams, visit Rockies blog Purple Row and Padres blog Gaslamp Ball. Check out Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the leagues.

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Jhoulys Chacin Injury: Rockies Place Pitcher On 15-Day DL With Right Shoulder Inflammation

The Colorado Rockies officially announced on Monday evening that right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. As a result, the team rescinded the option they used to put him on the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox' roster. The move is retroactive to Wednesday, May 2, when he was originally sent down.

Chacin had struggled this season, posting a 7.30 ERA in five starts and 24.2 innings. He allowed seven home runs while walking 15 batters to striking out 22 batters. This might help explain some of his struggles this season, but Chacin at times lacked any confidence on the mound.

Alex White and Christian Friedrich will pitch for the Rockies in Chacin's and Jeremy Guthrie's absence.

For more on these teams, visit Rockies blog Purple Row. Check out Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the leagues.

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Jhoulys Chacin Injury: Rockies Considering DL For Demoted Pitcher, According To Reports

Colorado Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin was removed from the team's 25-man roster last week and was expected to go to the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, but that now appears to not be the case. Instead, Chacin might be placed on the disabled list, which would prompt another roster move to make that happen.

There are no indications yet as to what injury Chacin might be suffering from -- though Troy Renck mentions dead arm -- but this would help explain his poor season so far: 7.30 ERA in 24.1 innings, seven home runs allowed and 15 walks.

For more on these teams, visit Rockies blog Purple Row. Check out Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the leagues.

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