The Coors Effect

June 13, 2010 12:54 PM

Hammel shuts down Jays for fourth win

For the most part, the Rockies' bats were silent on Saturday night.

No matter.  When Jason Hammel (4-3) was pitching the way he was, shutting down a potent Jays offense, the Rockies' offense really didn't need to do a whole lot.  Hammel was the star of the night, giving up three hits and three walks over eight innings while striking out six.  More importantly, Hammel didn't allow the Jays to get on the scoreboard.  And that was a very good thing on a night when Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow nearly matched him inning for inning.  Morrow gave up just five hits, but it was a sixth-inning walk to Hammel himself that led to the only run of the game for either side.  Hammel moved to third on a base hit by Todd Helton and scored on a sac fly by Carlos Gonzalez.

Helton had one of his better games of recent vintage last night, getting two hits, one of them a double.  And Carlos Gonzalez -- batting third in the order with Troy Tulowitzki out of the lineup -- went 1-for-3, stole a base, and drove in the only run of the game.  Manny Corpas picked up his eighth save of the season.

The Rockies go for the sweep this afternoon, with Jeff Francis (1-2, 3.45) taking the mound.

Rockies Top Three

1.  Jason Hammel
: This one's pretty obvious.  Hammel shut out the Jays for eight innings, and scored the Rockies' only run.

2.  Todd Helton: Helton's 2-for-4 night included a double, and his sixth-inning single led to the Rockies' only run of the game.

3.  Carlos Gonzalez: Drove in the only run of the game with a sac fly, though Helton's single was what put the Rockies in a position to score.

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