The Coors Effect

April 10, 2010 2:41 PM

Jorge shuts down Padres in home opener

When Jorge de la Rosa first came over to the Rockies in a 2008 trade, he was a pitcher with really good stuff who had a frustrating tendency to pitch well below his potential.

These days, he's just a pitcher with really good stuff.  Jorge was money in the second half of 2009, going 10-2 with a 3.46 ERA, and that quality pitching continued yesterday.  He allowed just one hit over seven innings of work, striking out nine batters, as the Rockies shut out the Padres 7-0 in their first home game of the season.

For much of the game, the Rockies offense seemed like they wanted to do just enough to get a win behind Jorge's pitching.  Ian Stewart had a two-run single in the fourth, and Todd Helton had an RBI single in the fifth.  That was going to be enough, but for good measure the Rockies tacked on four runs in the bottom of the eighth -- three of them on a Clint Barmes homer -- to seal the victory.

So the Rockies can celebrate a win, though in the divisional standings they're still two games back as the Giants have still yet to lose.  Hopefully the Rockies can follow up yesterday's performance with a couple more good ones.

Rockies top three for the game:

1.  Jorge de la Rosa: This one's pretty obvious.

2.  Ian Stewart: Stewart's two-run single in the fourth inning gave de la Rosa all the run support he would need, and his glovework at third helped pave the way for the two-hit shutout.

3.  Brad Hawpe: On a day when the Rockies faced a lefty, Hawpe went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double, and he scored two of the Rockies' seven runs.

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