Jorge De La Rosa has pitches that most left handed Major League pitchers would envy.
He throws a 94 mile per hour fastball, with a sharp slider. He can also mix it up with a good change up. He has the makings of being a very good Major League pitcher.
Despite winning 10 games last season, De La Rosa's Major League short time in the Majors has been characterized by one issue. He cannot seem to wiggle out of the big inning.
When De La Rosa gets into trouble, he struggles with his own thoughts and lets a little damage turn into a lot of damage in a hurry.
Tonight was no different.
De La Rosa was tagged with the loss in the Phillies 8-4 victory tonight at Coors Field.
De La Rosa looked sharp out of the game-he retired eight out of the first nine batters-then, staked to a two run lead, courtesy of a Troy Tulowitzki home run, De La Rosa let things spin out of control. He had two outs in the third inning, then gave up singles to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino before walking Chase Utley to load the bases. Former MVP Ryan Howard strolled to the plate and laced a double over the head of centerfielder Ryan Spilborghs to plate all three runs.
De La Rosa got into trouble again in the fifth, giving up two out singles to both Utley and Howard. At that point, after throwing 99 pitches through 4-2/3 innings, Clint Hurdle had seen enough. He was lifted for Ryan Speier. Speier gave up a hit down the line in which Brad Hawpe played poorly against the wall which turned into a two run triple.
That closed the books on De La Rosa. His line read 4-2/3 innings, five earned runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Despite solo home runs by Garrett Atkins and Clint Barmes, the Rockies could not crawl back into the game. In fact, the Rockies bats went cold against the Phillies Brett Myers, who continued his success at Coors Field by pitching seven innings and giving up four earned runs on four hits with six strikeouts and only one walk. The Rockies had three home runs, and one double, finishing the day without a single.
The Rockies go for the series win tomorrow at 1:10 Mountain time, with Aaron Cook looking to forget his opening day start. He will face Chan Ho Park, a face that seems to always be able to find a job in a Major League rotation.
The game will be broadcast on FSN Rocky Mountain and on the radio on KOA.