Posted June 29, 2013 on AP on Fox
Nolan Arenado has made a splash with his defense. On Saturday, the rookie showed he can deliver with his offense, too. Arenado hit a game-ending single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants, losers of six straight for the first time in three years. Michael Cuddyer singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 26 straight games. Arenado was expected to be with the Rockies in 2012 but was kept in Double-A. He finally got the call-up April 28 and has been entrenched at third base, where his defense has drawn praise from teammates and opponents. "I was telling all these guys in spring training, `Hey, watch this guy Nolan in spring training, he can pick it,'" injured shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. "You get a glimpse of it in spring training but it doesn't really click until you see him in game time." On Saturday, the Rockies needed him to contribute with his bat, and he didn't disappoint. Todd Helton was walked by reliever Jeremy Affeldt (1-4) with two outs in the ninth for Colorado's first baserunner since the second inning. "Two-out walks will kill you," Affeldt said. Josh Rutledge ran for Helton, stole second and scored when Arenado singled up the middle on a 2-2 pitch to help the Rockies return to .500 at 41-41. "That was big on Rut, he basically won the game. If it weren't for that it was just runners on first and second," Arenado said. "(Affeldt) hung a splitty and I was fortunate I put a good swing on it." The hit made a winner of Rafael Betancourt (2-3) in his first appearance since May 31. Andres Torres had three hits and Buster Posey had two hits and an RBI for the defending World Series champion Giants, who last lost six in a row from June 26 to July 2, 2010, a seven-game skid. "It's not a good stretch," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'll leave it at that." Cuddyer's streak is the longest in Rockies' history and in the majors this season. He has reached base safely in a franchise-record 45 straight games. He took the drama out of it early with an RBI single up the middle in the first that gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead. "I had a chance to get out of that in the first inning and didn't make a good pitch to Cuddyer," starter Matt Cain said. "Being as hot as he is, you make a mistake to him, he's going to get a hit. I could kick myself for that (0-2 curveball)." Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa made the one-run lead stand until the sixth, when he gave up three hits, including Posey's two-out, RBI double that tied the game at 1. Posey has now reached safely in 47 straight games against the Rockies. De La Rosa went to the mound at the start of the seventh inning but never faced a batter. Manager Walt Weiss and trainer Keith Dugger came to the mound and checked on the lefty, who has been bothered by a bruise on his left thumb since June 17. After a brief conversation De La Rosa was replaced by Wilton Lopez. "He felt it early and it got progressively worse as the game went on," manager Walt Weiss said. "We'll continue to work with it. Hopefully he'll get that thing behind him at some point." De La Rosa said the thumb began to hurt when he was throwing in the bullpen before the game. He said he plans on making his next start. "For sure. Yes, I will," he said. The Rockies had missed a chance to extend their 1-0 lead in a mistake-filled bottom of the second. With Yorvit Torrealba on first, De La Rosa laid down a bunt. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval's throw to second went into center field and Torrealba advanced to third. Center fielder Juan Perez's throw to third got by Sandoval but Torrealba didn't score even though there was no Giants player covering home. The oversight cost the Rockies when Torrealba was caught in a rundown on Corey Dickerson's groundout and DJ LeMahieu hit a fly to right to end the inning. It was the last chance Colorado had against Cain, who turned in his best performance of the season despite getting a no decision. He set down the last 20 batters he faced and showed his first two starts against Colorado this season were an aberration. In those games he allowed a combined eight runs and 12 hits in 11 1-3 innings. This time, he allowed just one run on three hits and struck out five in eight innings. "I started making pitches and started to get ahead of guys," Cain said. "I wasn't getting ahead of guys early." NOTES: Rockies OF Dexter Fowler missed his fourth straight game with a sore right hand. Weiss said he won't play Fowler during the series in case the Rockies have to put him on the 15-day DL. ... Giants RHP Santiago Casilla will make a rehab start for Class-A San Jose on Sunday. Casilla had a bone cyst removed from his knee. ... San Francisco RHP Chad Gaudin (right elbow contusion) threw a bullpen session before Saturday's game. He is on schedule to return July 6. ... Tulowitzki (broken rib) took grounders and did some running before the game. Friday he took 10 swings off a tee but will not swing a bat again until he has a second MRI in the next week. ... Colorado RHP Edgmer Escalona (right elbow inflammation) pitch 1 1-3 innings in Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday and could be activated from the 15-day DL on Sunday.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Colorado Rockies gain more ground with walk-off winner from Nolan Arenado, Jorge De La Rosa gem

Jorge De La Rosa continues to dominate, despite a bruised thumb.Nolan Arenado lined a single back up the middle, scoring Josh Rutledge from second base in the bottom of the 9th inning, giving the Colorado Rockies their fifth consecutive victory over the Giants at Coors Field.On Saturday Arenado came through in the clutch, but when a team wins a game 2-1 at Coors Field, the star of...

Rockies ballboy attempts to catch foul ball with chair (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. A Colorado Rockies ballboy attempting to catch a foul ball with his chair during the top of the fifth inning of Saturday's game at Coors Field. The Rockies ballboy brought the stool he was sitting on with him and tried to use it like a glove to stop the foul line drive hit by SF Giants batter Guillermo Quiroz. Naturally it didn'...

Jhoulys Chacin continues to be the pitcher the Colorado Rockies need

Chacin was brilliant again.For the third straight outing, Jhoulys Chacin looked like a pitcher who no one in the National League is excited to face. He looks like a legitimate ace for the Colorado Rockies.In a 4-1 victory, Chacin was an inning away from a complete-game shutout. He wasn't given the opportunity to pitch the 9th, perhaps because that move backfired on Walt Weiss...

Colorado Rockies: A season that has many asking “what if”

  Yesterday’s game against the San Francisco Giants marked the halfway point of the Colorado Rockies’ season. Sitting at .500, the first half has given Rockies fans a little bit of everything. Exceeding expectations, the Rockies find themselves in the thick of the NL West Divisional race. Bolstering an offense that is third in baseball in homeruns, sixth in runs scored, sixth...

Drew Pomeranz struggles in 2013 debut for Colorado Rockies, offense not much better

Drew Pomeranz was unimpressive in his 2013 debut. It is ok to give credit to an opposing pitcher every now and then. But when a team with the offensive capabilities of the Colorado Rockies scores a total of eight runs in a three game series, it constitutes an offensive issue. On Sunday the Rockies lost to the Giants 5-2 on Larry Walker bobblehead day.The Rockies didn't get a...

Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki can play catch, but still can't swing

The Colorado Rockies have managed to stay in contention despite the loss of one of their best players.  The oft-injured Troy Tulowitzki is currently on the DL with a fractured rib.  The injury has, to date, prevented Tulowitzki from swinging a bat.  However, he is still making progress. Ian McCue of MLB.com says Tulowitzki has progressed to being able to play catch as part...

Cuddyer, Chacin lead Rox over Giants

Michael Cuddyer homered to extend his hitting streak to 25 games, Jhoulys Chacin pitched eight scoreless innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the slumping San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Friday night. Wilin Rosario also went deep and Jordan Pacheco had three hits for the Rockies, who moved within three games of Arizona in the NL West. Buster Posey homered among his three hits for...

Injured Wrist May Send Dexter Fowler to the Disabled List

Lingering right wrist and finger issues have sidelined Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler during this weekends key series against the San Francisco Giants, and may keep him out of the lineup for the foreseeable future. Missing in action since initially injuring the wrist swinging on June 25th, Fowler has additionally missed time recently with a bruised knuckle after being hit by...

Michael Cuddyer holds longest hitting streak in MLB

DENVER (AP) -- Michael Cuddyer has extended his hitting streak to 27 games with an RBI single in the eighth inning Sunday of the Colorado Rockies' game against the San Francisco Giants. He hit a 2-1 pitch from Sandy Rosario up the middle, and later scored on a double by Willin Rosario. Cuddyer's streak is the longest in Rockies' history and in the majors this season...

Top AAA Hitters

Corey Dickerson got the call up to the Colorado Rockies and is 3 for 10 with 3 doubles, 2 RBI and 4 walks.Anyone from your favorite MLB team on this list?  Do you want them called up and playing over your teams position player?  Let us know in the comment section! table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: ; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding...

Rockies Rumors: Colorado interested in Yovani Gallardo, Matt Garza

The Colorado Rockies are surprisingly only four games out of first place in their division and appear to be buyers at the trade deadline. They will specifically be looking for pitchers as their pitching staff and bullpen may need a bit of tuning up. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, the Rockies are taking interest in Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo and Cubs...

Cuddyer's streak extends to 26 games

Colorado Rockies' Michael Cuddyer has extended his hitting streak to 26 games with an RBI single in the first inning Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.

Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa exits with bruised thumb

The Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants yesterday, but they lost left-handed starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa in the process. The southpaw was forced to exit the contest in the seventh inning due to a bruised thumb on his left hand, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Harding notes that the thumb issue has been lingering for De La Rosa, as it’s...

Fantasy Fox: Waiver-wire pitcher for June 28

Mixed-league roto owners, are you looking for a waiver-wire pitcher before Friday's full slate of games? Here's my free-agent choice (citing most 12-team leagues) for one day of relatively fantasy stardom: Jhoulys Chacin, Rockies (vs. Giants) 1. Of his last three outings, spanning 20.2 innings, Chacin has surrendered just four total runs (1.78 ERA). 2. As a result of...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.