Blood blister, not Diamondbacks, slows De La Rosa
, labeled by some the key to the Colorado Rockies season, is confident he will make his next start — Friday at Pittsburgh — saying the blood blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand that caused him to leave after 5 1/3 scoreless innings will not be an issue.
“My finger’s good,” said De La Rosa, the winning pitcher in the Rockies 3-1 victory that evened their series with the Diamondbacks. “I’m going to make my next start for sure.”
De La Rosa said he typically deals with a blister on that finger at the outset of the season. Referring to the blister, he said, “I was feeling it a little bit when I threw my changeup.” After he left the game, the Rockies training staff popped the blister and filed it down, and managersaid, “The finger looked very, very clean.”
The blister notwithstanding, Tracy called De La Rosa’s changeup “devastating” and praised him for staying ahead of hitters.
De La Rosa left the game after getting Kelly Johnson to lead off the sixth. On cameand up stepped the Rockies defense. Shortstop went up the middle to spear Justin Upton’s grounder, made a 360-degree turn and threw him out, thanks to first baseman ‘s scoop. Chris Young followed with a drive to right field that caught just before hitting the wall. And after Ryan Roberts’ leadoff single in the seventh, left fielder made a sprawling catch in foul territory of a ball hit by Miguel Montero.
Tracy said he didn’t know if there was another left fielder who can make that play and wasn’t sure his was going to it.
Offensively, the Rockies seem to be applying hitting coach Carney Lansford’s use-the-entire-field approach.drove in the Rockies’ first run with an opposite-field double in the third. The hit scored , who led off the inning with a single up the middle on Daniel Hudson’s 2-2 pitch. Iannetta’s two-out double to the right-field corner in the fourth scored , who had reached base on an opposite-field single. And De La Rosa, who hit .141 (7-for-41) last year with four RBI and 15 strikeouts, lined a single over second to score Iannetta.
Was there anything not to like in the Rockies first win of the year? Well, Tulowitzki went 0-for-3 with a walk, two of his at-bats ending innings with runners in scoring position. He’s hitless in his first eight at-bats this season and has hit one ball to the outfield.
, in his first start, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts after striking out as a pinch hitter Friday.
And closerearned his first save but had to throw 32 pitches to do it. His job might have been easier had second baseman Lopez, positioned perfectly by coach Rich Dauer, fielded the ball Upton hit hard but right at Lopez. After Roberts singled home a run on a 1-2 slider, Street got Montero to line out to center fielder Fowler on the first pitch with runners on first and second on the move. Pinch hitter Russell Branyan sent Fowler close to the wall to haul down his deep drive, the runners tagging up on the catch. Street then struck out Gerardo Parra to end the game.
Asked about the slider that Roberts lined to left to break up the shutout, Street offered this assessment of the pitch and his outing that netted him career save No. 150.
“That was probably the pitch in the inning I’d say was not my best, but the three before that that he fouled off were really good pitches,” Street said. “Some days you make those pitches and they swing and miss and some days it was a battle. Today was absolutely a battle. Tip your hat to them. That being said, Rockies win _ I’m happy.”