The Coors Effect

September 17, 2009 2:15 PM

Jorge shuts down Giants, Rockies snap skid

In the sixth inning last night, Jorge de la Rosa showed why he's improved so much.

Jorge walked the leadoff batter in the sixth, then allowed Rich Aurilia to reach on a flare into center field.  That brought up the top of the Giants' order, and, on a 1-2 pitch, Jorge threw one in the dirt that allowed both runners to move into scoring position.  Rockies fans had seen this before.  The Jorge of previous years, confidence shaken, would have blown up, allowing the Giants to come back from a 4-0 deficit and killing the Rockies' chances to win.

Not this year's Jorge, though.  Chris Berman and Rick Sutcliffe felt the need to mention roughly a thousand times during last night's game that Jorge was 0-6 through the end of May and has been 14-3 since.  Well, make that 15-3.  The Jorge of 2009 promptly struck out the next three batters, ending the only real threat the Giants mounted against him as he pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out nine.  There was some drama in the ninth as the Giants came back, but the Rockies wound up with a 4-3 win.

With that out of the way and with a three-and-a-half-game cushion, the Rockies just need to win a few more the rest of the season.  The Rockies are now finished playing the Giants for the season; with the last-place Diamondbacks on the schedule this weekend, the Rockies have a shot at putting even more distance between themselves and the other wild card contenders.

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