Tony Armas Jr. once showed a lot of promise. He’s starting to look that way again.
Armas grabbed a lot of attention after winning a career-high 12 games in 2002, but his dreams of being a successful big league pitcher took a major hit last year as he made just five starts prior to having season-ending shoulder surgery.
In spring training, the 26-year-old right-hander suffered a sprained right rotator cuff, which kept him out until June 1. Since returning, Armas has been up and down, pitching to a solid 3.95 ERA in 11 starts.
Armas missed a pair of starts with an ailing deltoid muscle before Saturday’s strong effort against Houston. Though he did not get the win in an 8-3 victory, Armas had perhaps his most impressive outing of the season, striking out five over five scoreless innings.
“It looked like he was in midseason form,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said of Armas. “We hope he can continue that his next time out and build up to where he can at least go six or seven innings before the first of September. If he can do that, he could be a big help to us.”
The Expos, who have dropped four of five following a seven-game winning streak, are coming off a doubleheader split in San Francisco on Wednesday. Jose Vidro hit his 100th career homer during Montreal’s 6-2 win in the opener.
The Rockies suffered a doubleheader sweep to the New York Mets at Coors Field on Thursday. Colorado managed just six hits in a 4-2 loss in the nightcap and stranded 21 baserunners in the twinbill, losing for the fourth time in five games.
“We played like a club 13 games under .500,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “We picked a bad day to have a bad day. We stunk the joint up tonight.”