Ubaldo Jimenez expected to start a 'B' game for the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, but early in the morning word came that that game was canceled and he would start the day's game against the Chicago White Sox. Fans in attendance were not treated to one of his better performances. By the time he left with one out in the fifth inning, Jimenez had allowed seven runs on eight hits and four walks. The Rockies lost, 12-6.
The White Sox put runs on the board in four out of the five innings Jimenez appeared in. Jimenez was hit hard, allowing three doubles and a home run. Lastings Milledge hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Jordan added a two-run double in the fifth inning. Paul Konerko had an RBI double in the second, but the Cole Garner-to-Jonathan Herrera-to Chris Iannetta gunned down Omar Vizquel at home late to prevent a run and end the inning.
Garner also used his bat to drive in Chris Iannetta in the second inning. Carlos Gonzalez and Jose Lopez had back-to-back RBI in the third inning when they hit a ground out and a double, respectively. In the seventh inning, catcher Michael McKenry jacked a home run to center field for three runs. That brought the score to 8-6 in favor of the White Sox.
After Jimenez left, the only blip a Rockies pitcher allowed on the scoreboard was a second Lastings Milledge home run. Relief prospect Rex Brothers was dominant again in his appearance, striking out the side. But then Sean White came in for the ninth inning and left the game get out of hand once again. After a ground out to start the inning he allowed a double, a triple and a single to plate two runs. He then served up a home run to pinch-hitter Gookie Dawkins. He was able to get another out, but then allowed another double and a walk before he was taken out of the game. Sean Jarrett entered the game and ended the inning on a pop out.
Greg Reynolds starts for the Rockies in Friday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Jorge De La Rosa will pitch in a 'B' game.