Jorge De La Rosa Throws Another Gem, but Rockies Find Another Way to Lose

KyleCorrespondent IMay 10, 2009

DENVER - APRIL 11:  Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa #29 of the Colorado Rockies heads into the dugout after being removed from the game against the Philadelphia Phillies during MLB action at Coors Field on April 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. De La Rosa pitched 4 2/3 innings and collected the loss as the Phillies defeated the Rockies 8-4.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Want to hear a pretty good stat line? 

Here's one: An eight inning, four-hitter.  To go with that, 12 strikeouts with just one walk.

Want to hear a disappointing stat line?

See above, but tack a loss onto it.

That was Jorge De La Rosa's stats for Saturday night's game versus the Florida Marlins.  If you read my article before this, you would know that the Rockies can't seem to score runs when De La Rosa takes the hill.

The Rockies lost 3-1 against the Fish, and managed eight hits.  De La Rosa broke his personal record of strikeouts, with his previous record being 10 strikeouts in one game.

The Marlins managed to score runs in the first and fourth inning, both of which were on account of Marlins' shortstop Hanley Ramirez.

In the first, Jorge Cantu singled to left field with two outs, which scored Hanley Ramirez.

In the fourth, Dan Uggla tripled to lead the inning off, and Ramirez singled to left.

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In the eighth inning, the Rockies had runners on first and third with one out, and with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki up to bat, Tulo grounded out to first to score the first run of the game.  This would be the only run the Rockies would score in the nine innings they played.

Jason Grilli relieved De La Rosa in the ninth.  If anyone would've known De La Rosa gave the performance he did, and Grilli came in to close out the game, one would think the Rockies won due to a fantastic a pitching performance.  Unfortunately, this was not the case.

In the top of the ninth, Hanley Ramirez scored off of a Cody Ross line drive single to center field.

When it was the Rockies' turn to try to savor De La Rosa's spectacular pitching performance, the Rockies made some noise in the ninth.  With a single by Ryan Spilborghs with one out, Atkins subsequently walked to get runners on first and second.

Atkins would be replaced by Clint Barmes as a pinch runner.  With Ian Stewart up, Stewart would strikeout looking for the third time in the game.  After Spilborghs stole third base, pinch hitter Chris Ianetta grounded out to third.

De La Rosa threw 106 pitches, 70 of them being strikes. Of the 29 batters he faced, only 11 of them either flew out, or grounded out.

Jorge De La Rosa is no stranger to losing games he should've won.  De La Rosa has pitched in four games where the Rockies lost by two runs or less.

So, with the best performance the Rockies' pitching staff has seen in recent memory, De La Rosa has dropped to 0-3.  Disappointing, really.  Overall, a tough loss for the Rockies.  With pitching being one of our only problems, seeing a game like this without any hitting is disheartening.