Ubaldo Jimenez was stellar through four shutout innings, striking out two and allowing just one hit. He even scoredColorado's first run in the game after singling in the bottom of the fourth. While Troy Tulowitzki gets all the pub and forum fodder as a slow starter, Ubaldo Jimenez has had similar tendencies (5.90 April ERA in 2008, 7.58 in 2009). If Spring Training is any indication (which it really isn't), Ubaldo is in great shape.
Colorado's offensive star of the game was Ryan Harvey, who unloaded a Brandon League offering for a three-run home run in the seventh. The ball cleared the 15-foot fence by at least twenty feet in the deepest part of the ballpark, the 410' alley in left-center. An absolute blast. The dude was #99 and was brought up from minor league camp, but he is neither an obscure talent nor an up-and-coming one.
Harvey was drafted sixth overall by the Cubs out of high school in 2003, four slots ahead of one Ian Stewart. After being a top ten prospect the next four seasons, he was released last March after failing to achieve an OBP higher than .314 on any stop. The Rockies picked him up, and he had 23 HR and 82 RBI playing right-field for Double-A Tulsa last season. He's only 25, so I suppose the prospect of him being the second coming of Garrett Jones isn't altogether ridiculous, but he's pretty off the radar as far as prospects go. There's your lesson on Harvey.
Mike Paulk singled and doubled, driving in one and scoring one for the
Drillers Rockies. Tim Redding doubled and singled, but he also got knocked around for three runs on six hits and two walks in 3.1 IP. Juan Rincon came in and stopped the bleeding for a save. JUAN RINCON FOR CLOSER. Matt Belisle also pitched a perfect inning in his attempt to fit into the bullpen.
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