Jorge De La Rosa flirted with history but had to settle for greatness Friday night at Coors Field. The softspoken left-hander pitched no-hit ball for six innings against the San Diego Padres and finished with seven scoreless innings as the Rockies won a LoDo pitchers' duel 3-1 to snap a three-game losing streak. "It was outstanding," manager Walt Weiss said of De La Rosa's dominant performance. "He threw some really good changeups in the first inning. ... That's several good starts in a row now. He's in a very good place." De La Rosa (5-3), whose stuff was certainly good enough to throw the first no-hitter by a Rockies pitcher at Coors Field, allowed one hit, struck out five and walked just one before leaving after the seventh inning. LaTroy Hawkins got in some trouble in the ninth inning, but escaped it to record his 10th save of the season. De La Rosa said he wasn't thinking about pitching a no-hitter. "Not at all," he said. "I was just thinking about getting outs and getting the win." De La Rosa's no-no turned into an oh-no moment in the seventh inning when the Padres' Chris Denorfia belted a 3-2, 93 mph fastball off the right-field scoreboard for a triple. Right fielder Charlie Blackmon chased the ball to the wall, but he never had a realistic chance of making the catch. Rather than losing focus and command, De La Rosa bore down to retire Everth Cabrera, Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin in order. De La Rosa also contributed with his bat. Never known for his prowess at the plate, he knocked in the game's first run in the fifth inning with a squibber into the hole that second baseman Jedd Gyorko failed to handle as Jordan Pacheco scored from third. Gyorko was charged with an error. In the seventh inning, DJ LeMahieu hit a one-out single, advanced to second on De La Rosa's perfect sacrifice bunt down the third-base line and scored on Blackmon's single to center to put the Rockies in front 2-0. That was the only earned run allowed by Padres starter Eric Stults (2-4), who gave up six hits and a walk and struck out two in 6 innings. De La Rosa tweaked his lower back running to first base in the fifth. Also, he pitched impressively even though he had a swollen middle finger on his left hand.
Jorge De La Rosa takes no-hitter to seventh as Rockies beat the Padres
Denver Post | May 17