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June 17, 2010 10:28 PM

Ubaldo gets 13th, Rockies avoid sweep

See, that's what an ace starter is supposed to do: stop the losing streak.

It was a disappointment to see the Rockies drop the first two in this series after sweeping the Blue Jays.  Poor pitching was to blame in the first game; poor offense in the second game.  Today, though, the Rockies had Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound.  That meant that they'd probably only need two or three runs, but they went out and scored five anyway.  And Ubaldo did what he does: eight innings, one run.  That kind of outing will get you a win 90 percent of the time.  And yes, we're still on the "fourteen starts, fourteen QUALITY starts" streak.  Opposing teams might as well just not show up when Ubaldo is on the mound; their chances of winning would decrease only slightly if they did that.  How Ubaldo has one loss this season is beyond me.

Now it's back home for three against Milwaukee while the rest of the league is still in interleague play.  Ha.  Interleague play.  I root for a National League team because I don't like the DH rule, and interleague play makes me have to see things like, say, the starting pitcher on a given night having a better batting average than the DH.  (Yeah, that really happened this week.  Aaron Cook is hitting .261 and Jason Giambi is hitting .188.)

Rockies Top Three of the Day

1.  Ubaldo Jimenez
: From now on, we're just going to go ahead and preemptively place Ubaldo in the first spot on days that he starts.

2.  Troy Tulowitzki: Tulo pulled the hat trick of getting on base today (hit, walk, HBP) and got the scoring started with an RBI triple in the first.

3.  Ryan Spilborghs: Two-run homers are nice, but they don't mean a whole lot when the game's pretty much in hand.  (Yes, a three-run lead qualifies as having the game "pretty much in hand" when Ubaldo is pitching.)

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