Originally written on Rockies Review  |  Last updated 6/21/12
Jeff Francis pitched very well and gave the Rockies a chance.A little starting pitching can go a long way.That was the lesson once again for the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night in Philadelphia. This time, however, the Rockies got to see firsthand what being on the right end of the strong pitching performance feels like.Jeff Francis, limited to 76 pitches due to the Rockies four-man rotation rules, pitched five strong innings. He gave up just one run on six hits. He struck out three while walking no one. The lone run came from Jimmy Rollins, who led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a blast to left field that had Rockies fans feeling like they were about to witness the same misery they have been throughout most of May and all of June.Instead, Francis put his foot down. He was efficient, pitching his way through five innings and handing the ball to the bullpen with his offense in a place where they had a chance to win.The offense did just that. Down 1-0, Chris Nelson drilled a ...
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