Jorge De La Rosa looked like his old self on Sunday, holding a powerful Dodgers team to just one run on four hits as the Colorado Rockies registered a 6-1 win at Chavez Ravine and captured the rubber game of their three-game series. It was the first series win of the season on the road for the Rockies and third straight series win, after taking two of three from the Phillies and Giants at Coors Field.
De La Rosa is starting to look more and more like the 16-6 hurler he was last year, and has performed better as the young season has progressed. The 10-year veteran left-hander from Monterrey, Mexico has given up just four earned runs in his last three games (18 innings pitched) and has won his last two. In each of his first three games this year he never made it past the fifth inning, giving up 14 earned runs in a total of 13 innings. He has improved his ERA from 10.38 to 5.23 since giving up five runs in 4.1 innings in the Rockies opening-day loss at Miami.
Colorado’s 6-1 win over the Dodgers on Sunday was significant from an offensive standpoint as well. The Rockies pounded out six runs and 11 hits without any production from, arguably, their top three hitters. Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez were a combined 0-for-9 in the game, and 2013 batting champion Michael Cuddyer is sitting on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. That left CF Charlie Blackmon, RF Brandon Barnes, 1B Justin Morneau and 3B Nolan Arenado to pick up the slack—and they did. Barnes went 3-for-4 and improved his batting average to .360. Blackmon, Morneau and Arenado each had two hits. Seldom-used second baseman Josh Rutledge, who was called up from Triple-A just three weeks ago, had only one hit but it was a big one. With the Rockies leading 3-1, Rutledge smacked a Hyun-Jin Ryu pitch over the left-field wall in the sixth inning. It was home run No. 16 in Rutledge’s career and his first of the season in only 22 at-bats.
The win left Colorado tied with the Dodgers for second in the NL West at 14-12, 1.5 games behind the Giants heading into a three-game series at Arizona against the Diamondbacks. The Rockies will return to Coors Field for a six-game home-stand beginning on Thursday.
There is one new name on the injury list for the Rockies as they look to win another road series. Catcher Wilin Rosario got the day off against the Dodgers on Sunday because of a sore left hand he injured after hitting a double in the previous game. He is day-to-day and will get an MRI in Phoenix on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. Jordan Pacheco took his place Sunday and it looks like he will have the job for a few more days in Arizona. Jhoulys Chacin is still on rehab assignment in Triple-A. The Rockies are still hoping to have him back in early May. Pitcher Brett Anderson is on the 60-day DL with a broken finger.
Commentary by Chuck Podhaisky
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering the Colorado Rockies