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Colorado Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich hasn't always been dazzling since being selected by the Rockies in the first-round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft, but the 24-year old lefty sure did turn heads in his first MLB start on Wednesday. Friedrich allowed just two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out seven in his first start after being called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier in the week.
The 24-year-old had his work-ethic and love of baseball challenged by general manager Dan O'Dowd after a forgettable season in Double-A last year (as noted by Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post), but a strong offseason and a better commitment to conditioning has helped Friedrich jump out to a strong start in 2012. The jitters got to him a bit in the first inning -- he gave up two hits, a walk and a run in the opening frame -- but after that everything went smoothly. As Friedrich told Thomas Harding of MLB.com: ""It felt like that [first] inning was forever, and I wanted to get back in the dugout with the team...I was trying to be as calm as possible through this entire process, it's definitely soaked in."
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.
The Colorado Rockies are leading 5-2 over the San Diego Padres in middle of the sixth inning on Wednesday afternoon after a four-run top of the sixth. With lefty starter Christian Friedrich making his MLB debut, the Rockies are eyeing a victory for their former 2008 draft pick.
In five innings so far, Friedrich has allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk while impressively striking out seven hitters. Colorado was trailing 2-0 early after some poor defense didn't help Friedrich's cause, but the offense has finally gotten to Padres starter Anthony Bass over the past few innings.
In the fourth, Jason Giambi hit a RBI double that could've potentially ignited a rally, but Michael Cuddyer was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the frame and then the following batter, Wilin Rosario, struck out to end the inning.
The Rockies were able to take advantage of an error from San Diego shortstop Andy Parrino in the sixth inning, stringing together a series of hits to land four runs on the scoreboard. Chris Nelson hit an RBI single to follow up a two-run double by Rosario that extended the Rockies' lead to four, knocking Bass out of the game.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is sitting out Wednesday's game against the San Diego Padres after tweaking his groin in Tuesday's game. While the injury, which occurred while the shortstop was running to first base, isn't considered major, the team is still being somewhat cautious by giving him a day off.
It's also worth noting that 24-year-old lefty Christian Friedrich is making his MLB debut as the Rockies' starter on Wednesday after three years in the minor leagues. The No. 25 overall pick in 2008, he's had numerous ups and downs in his time within the Colorado organization. In five starts this season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, he's posted a 3.00 ERA with 27 strikeouts and just four walks over 30 innings.
Here is the Rockies' lineup:
The Colorado Rockies continue to run into trouble entering Wednesday's series final against the San Diego Padres. They have lost the last two games to the Padres and five-straight when including the Atlanta Braves. Mostly it's been poor pitching, but so far the Rockies have scored just three runs against San Diego.
The Rockies turn to Christian Friedrich (MLB debut) to close out this series. The team optioned reliever Adam Ottavino back to the Triple-A Colorado Sky Sox in order to make this move. Friedrich was the team's 2008 first-round draft choice and dealt with arms issues over the last couple of years, slowing down his debut. He's since enjoyed a solid debut with the Colorado Sky Sox by going 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.900 WHIP in five starts.
Anthony Bass (1-3, 3.51 ERA) gave up six runs in his last start, an eventual 9-8 loss to the Miami Marlins. He started against the Rockies at Coors Field in the middle of April, picking up the loss after allowing three runs in a 5-3 decision. Bass has done well striking out batters this season, K'ing at least seven in each of his last four starts.
Game time/date: 1:35 p.m. MT, Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Location: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
TV/Radio: MLB.tv/850 KOA
Alex White (0-1, 2.84 ERA) made his season debut on Tuesday night and threw a solid six-plus innings. He allowed the runs on a Yonder Alonso single in the first inning and a Will Venable double in the fifth inning. He walked two, struck out five and allowed zero home runs. All in all, a marked improvement over his late season stint with the club last season.
Jeff Suppan (2-0, 0.90) gave up a Todd Helton RBI single in the first inning and then breezed through the next four innings. He allowed that one run while surrendering four hits and walking two batters. Five Padres relievers kept the Rockies from scoring, but things were tense in the ninth inning.
Tyler Colvin singled and advanced to third on a fielding error on Marco Scutaro's single. Jordan Pacheco singled, but the ball hit Scutaro, causing an out and no run to score. Carlos Gonzalez struck out swinging to end the game.
The Rockies (12-17, 4-7 away) send Christian Friedrich to the mound for his major league debut.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa continues to make his way back from a torn ulnar collateral ligament and subsequent Tommy John surgery. After two starts with the Advanced-A Modesto Nuts, De La Rosa will join the Double-A Tulsa Drillers for a rehab start on Saturday, according to Troy Renck:
#Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa will start Saturday for Tulsa...Wasn't sure of exact day until a few minutes ago... It's Saturday— Troy Renck, Rockies (@TroyRenck) May 9, 2012
De La Rosa threw 5.2 innings and posted a 4.76 ERA over his two starts. On Monday night, De La Rosa struggled against the San Jose, allowing all four runs in 2.2 innings. The Giants hit four straight singles and took advantage of a fielding error by Timothy Smalling to score those runs in the second inning.
The Rockies expect to have De La Rosa back in the rotation at the start of June.
The Colorado Rockies (12-16) should have their starting catcher back on Tuesday. Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports that the tendinitis injury to C Ramon Hernandez continues, but should not keep him from Tuesday's game. Hernandez was forced to miss Monday's opening game of the series as a last second scratch.
According to Renck, the Rockies catcher has pain in his left hand that causes him to hurt while swinging a bat. The injury has plagued him much of the season, but Hernandez has hit .279/.296/.529 with 4 home runs despite that.
In Hernadnez's absence, the Rockies have turned largely to C Wilin Rosario, who has also excelled in his limited playing time. He has hit .227/.255/.568 with 4 home runs. Rosario is in his second season in the majors and has thus far shown limited patience, but surprising power, hitting 7 homers in 104 PA.
The Colorado Rockies are on a four-game losing streak following Monday night's 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. On Tuesday night, the Rockies can avoid losing this series, but they will need to do it with Alex White on the mound.
The Rockies recalled White from the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox because Jeremy Guthrie is not yet ready to return from his shoulder injury. White was 1-3 for the Sky Sox, for whatever his win-loss record really means, with a 2.92 ERA in five starts. White is looking to rebound from last year's abysmal August/September stint with the Rockies. He allowed 12 home runs and posted an 8.42 ERA in seven starts for the Rockies.
The Padres will have Jeff Suppan (1-0, 0.00 ERA) on the mound for his second start of the season. Suppan threw five shutout innings against the Milwaukee Brewers last week, his first appearance in the majors since 2010. He is filling in for Cory Luebke, who is dealing with an elbow injury and possibly Tommy John surgery.
Game time/date: 8:05 p.m. MT, Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Location: Petco Park, San Diego, CA
TV/Radio: ROOT Sports/850 KOA
On Tuesday, the Colorado Rockies recalled right-handed pitcher Alex White from Triple-A Colorado Springs and optioned right-handed pitcher Edgmer Escalona to the minor league team in Colorado Springs to make room. White, a 23-year-old prospect who was acquired in the five-player Ubaldo Jimenez trade, is set to make his first major league start of 2012 on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres. He was 1-3 in five starts for the team in Colorado Springs, earning a 2.92 ERA to go with eight walks, 21 strikeouts.
As for Escalona, he struggled in his stint with the Rockies, giving up six earned runs in 6.1 innings. He will likely return to his duties as the closer for the Triple-A team in Colorado Springs.
Here is a link to the official press release for the transaction.
Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz was able to pitch the first three innings as a result of bruised right leg injury. In the second inning, Padres starter Edinson Volquez hit a liner up the middle that squarely hit Pomeranz. Though the young lefty was able to stay in the game for the remainder of the inning and hit a home run in the top half of the third inning, the bottom of the third inning was his last time on the mound in the game. Pomeranz allowed three runs on five hits and three walks.
Volquez kept the Rockies off balance for most of the night. Beside the Pomeranz home run, Volquez allowed the other run on a Carlos Gonzalez broken-bat single in the sixth inning. After walking Troy Tulowitzki right after that run-scoring play, Volquez left the game with 5.1 innings pitched, two runs allowed and five strikes outs.
Four Padres relievers managed to keep the Rockies off the base paths for the remainder of the game.
The Rockies (12-16, 4-6 away) will turn to Alex White for Tuesday's contest.
The Colorado Rockies experienced another blow to its rotation when Drew Pomeranz left the game against the San Diego Padres after three innings of work. During the second inning, a ball hit up the middle by pitcher Edinson Volquez wound up impacting on Pomeranz' right leg. The trainers came out to look at him and he was fit enough to continue pitching for the time being.
In fact, Pomeranz came up to bat in the top of the third inning and hit a home run to left field, putting the first Rockies run of the day on the board. He came back out to pitch in the third inning and allowed a run. However, his right leg continued to swell, forcing him out after three innings pitched and three runs surrendered.
Josh Roenicke came in and relieved Pomeranz to start the fourth inning.
In an update on injured Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie, Thomas Harding says he'll face some hitters in San Diego on Tuesday and is expected to have a rehab start with Colorado Springs some time in the near future.
#Rockies RHP Jeremy Guthrie will face hitters at PETCO Park tomorrow, and he is expected to throw a rehab start, likely for Colorado Springs— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) May 7, 2012
Guthrie had been scheduled to start on Tuesday before injuring a shoulder in a cycling accident. Guthrie is 2-1 with a 5.92 ERA in four starts for Colorado this season. He has five strikeouts and 10 walks in 24-1/3 innings of work.
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.
#Rockies rescind the option on RHP Jhoulys Chacin and place him on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) May 7, 2012
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.
On Monday night, the Colorado Rockies begin a series in San Diego against the Padres, and the lineups for the first game have now been announced. Both teams will be looking to end three-game losing streaks and start moving themselves back in the right direction.
Monday night's game is scheduled to begin at 8:05 p.m. MT. It's the start of an eight-game road trip for the Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies will call up the young arms from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill in for the empty rotation spots. Alex White and Christian Friedrich are expected to pitch on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck:
What I am being told is that White will start tomorrow and Friedrich on Wednesday #Rockies— Troy Renck, Rockies (@TroyRenck) May 7, 2012
White joined the Rockies last July as part of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade with the Cleveland Indians. He didn't have a great time with the Rockies last August and September, going 2-4 with an 8.42 ERA in seven starts. He allowed 12 home runs over 36.1 innings. He has a 2.92 ERA over five starts for Colorado Springs.
Friedrich was Colorado's first-round draft choice in 2008 and had been slowed down by injuries. He will make his major league debut on Wednesday if this report holds true. Through five starts, he has a 3.00 ERA in 30 innings pitched, striking out 27 and walking just four batters.
Charlie Blackmon apparently broke the news earlier in the afternoon:
@CFRIED12 Blew off our movie excursion yesterday. He made some excuse... Something about going to the big leagues. Literally got big leagued— ChuckNazty (@Chuck_Nazty) May 7, 2012
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.
It's just a matter of waiting for a #Rockies decision on Jhoulys - in order to put him on the DL they will have to make a roster move— Rafael Rojas C (@rafaelrojasc) May 7, 2012
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.
The Colorado Rockies just lost three straight games to the Atlanta Braves. Will a trip to the West Coast help or hurt things?