Ubaldo Jimenez added six more scoreless frames to the books, breaking Denny Neagle's previous club record of 20 consecutive scoreless innings, and the offense came back to life after a brief hiatus as the
Unorganized Territory Colorado Rockies drubbed the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-1.
Jimenez (5-0) struck out six while only allowing two hits and two walks as he extended the streak to 22 1/3 scoreless innings. Meanwhile, the Rockies' hitters busted out the lumber and smacked Edwin Jackson (1-2) and the Arizona bullpen around, en route to outhitting the D-Backs 16-5. Carlos Gonzalez led the way, going 3-for-5 with 5 runs batted in, and fell a home run short of the cycle. He certainly took to batting fifth for the first time this season very well. In addition, Troy Tulowitzki pounded out three hits (and drew a walk); he was joined in the multi-hit club by Dexter Fowler, Eric Young Jr., and Seth Smith - each of whom went 2-for-4. All in all, the slightly new-look lineup (featuring EYJ at the top) looked very good tonight. Shouldn't read too much into that, though - yet, at least.
Matt Daley came on in relief of Jimenez in the seventh and pitched a scoreless frame. Juan Rincon, who was called up from Colorado Springs today, was unable to preserve the shutout, as he allowed a run on two hits and a walk in his lone inning of work. Jhoulys Chacin, who will start on Sunday in San Francisco, pitched a scoreless ninth - highlighted by two punch outs.
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WPA Heroes: Carlos Gonzalez (.203), Ubaldo Jimenez (.124), Dexter Fowler (.088)
WPA Zeroes: Todd Helton (-.020), Ian Stewart (-.018)
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Tomorrow, the Rockies will send Greg Smith to the bump to square off against the D-Backs and Kris Benson. Game time is 1:10 PM MT. Take care of business, Rox.