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RHP Matt Belisle has pitched in more than his fair share of tough situations before. The one he inherited Tuesday night was rare, and he handled it flawlessly. Belisle wasn't even in the Rockies bullpen when manager Walt Weiss had to pull starter LHP Jorge De La Rosa from the game because of a thumb injury in the sixth inning. Belisle had to head straight from the dugout to the mound, then proceeded to retire all six batters he faced in the sixth and seventh innings to keep the Rockies' deficit at 2-0. It was quite a turnaround for a guy who allowed four hits against Cincinnati on Aug. 15 and three walks against Miami last Friday.
LHP Jorge De La Rosa jammed his left thumb while batting in the sixth inning of Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. He tried to pitch through the pain, but he left two batters into the bottom of the sixth, having surrendered a walk and a two-run homer that broke a scoreless tie. The injury is not considered serious, but the pain was enough for Rockies manager Walt Weiss to pull his ace immediately after the shutout was lost. De La Rosa is not expected to miss a turn in the rotation.
Justin Morneau made news for the second night in a row. This time it came in a loss, but it was a lot more memorable nonetheless. Morneau moved into second place among Canadian-born hitters in hits in Monday's win over the San Francisco Giants. He then had the Rockies' only hit Tuesday in a 3-0 loss, a leadoff double in the eighth inning that ended LHP Madison Bumgarner's bid for a perfect game. Bumgarner heaped praise upon the veteran first baseman, saying the pitch would have bounced in front of C Buster Posey had Morneau not improbably lunged out and hooked it into the right field corner.
LHP Franklin Morales was looking forward to this part of the season for a long time. Morales is unbeaten this year against National League West foes, and that is pretty much all the Rockies will see the rest of the season. Morales is 5-0 against Western opponents, included in which was a 2-1 win over Wednesday's foe, the San Francisco Giants, on April 22, a game in which he pitched a career-best-tying seven innings. He is 1-3 in his career against the Giants with a 5.75 ERA.
C Wilin Rosario remains on the Rockies' active roster, but you have to wonder why. Rockies manager Walt Weiss had a chance to pinch-hit his right-handed power hitter late in Tuesday's game against San Francisco, but he opted to stick with the likes of .193-hitting 2B Charlie Culberson against Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner. Culberson struck out to open the ninth inning of the Rockies' 3-0 loss. Rosario, who injured his left wrist Aug. 20, has played in just one of the Rockies' last five games. Weiss hopes to get his starting catcher in the lineup before the series in San Francisco ends Thursday.