De La Rosa shuts down Athletics withouth his best stuff

Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa passed the biggest test of the spring in Sunday’s 6-6 tie with the Athletics. He pitched 5 2/3 innings without his best stuff, and held the Athletics to one run on seven scattered hits. De La Rosa struck out three, and the only run came on Jake Fox’s second-inning home run.

 

De La Rosa forced three double-play grounders, and had two sequences that demonstrated why he won 16 games last year and is being trusted with this year’s home opener — April 9 against the Padres.

 

The first two Athletics batters of the game, Coco Crisp and Rajai Davis, singled. But two groundballs later, including one by Eric Chavez for a double play, De La Rosa had a scoreless frame. In the second he bounced a pitch off the foot of Adam Rosales. It took an umpires’ conference to award Rosales first base. Instead of losing his cool, De La Rosa picked Rosales off first base.

 

“Not I know if I don’t have my best stuff, I can still pitch,” De La Rosa said.

 

Rockies manager Jim Tracy said, “He continues to show signs of understanding that you can’t let things get away from you.”

 

De La Rosa has a 1.80 ERA with 19 strikeouts and five walks this spring.

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