Game #97: Rockies Rip Herrera

Coors Field | 9:05 | Herrera vs. Jorge De La Rosa | Box
Yoslan Herrera failed to impress in his second start. He got five outs and gave up seven runs. Six of those seven runs scored after two were gone. I suppose that is a moral victory.
The Pirates offense was somehow misplaced over the All-Star break. I know the offensive totals in Coors are down in recent years compared to when the Rockies first started playing there. But, the Pirates sudden lack of offense is disconcerting.
Jorge De La Rosa gave up just one run on seven hits in six innings. He also struck out seven. Scott Podsednik and Brad Hawpe combined for seven hits and four doubles.
Some good signs:
Freddy Sanchez had three of the Pirates eight knocks. That’s just his second three hit game since the end of May.
Pirate hurlers didn’t yield a walk. Just the third time all year that has happened.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa has been part of a couple of big deals. He was part of the package that brought Curt Schilling to Boston. And he was part of the package that brought Richie Sexson. His career has been a bit uneven. I can prove this by pointing out that the #6 pitcher on his comparable list at Baseball-Reference.com is none other than Ryan Vogelsong.
Like Vogelsong, De La Rosa has been used as a starter (52 times) and reliever (59 times). His ERA is ugly in both scenarios – 6.26 as a starter and 5.45 as a reliever. This year he has made 11 starts and three relief appearances. His ERA is over 7.00. Last time out he gave up seven runs in 3-2/3 innings of work.
He has pitched five times against the Pirates. In his only start (back in 2006) against the Bucs, he took the loss after giving up six runs in three innings. The Pirates have five hits in 26 tries against De La Rosa. Jason Michaels is 2-14 against him. No one else has more than three ABs.
Tonight will be the second start of the Yoslan Herrera era. May tonight’s result be better than his first tilt. In 4-1/3 innings against St. Louis, Herrera gave up 11 hits and four walks. His ERA sits at 12.46 after he gave up six runs.

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