Mark Prior doesn’t seem to be having any more problems with his pitching arm.
The hard-throwing right-hander allowed six hits in Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox, his first victory since April 25. In throwing 126 pitches, Prior went the distance for the first time since beating the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 15, 2003.
“I haven’t thrown that many pitches this year. It’s probably the best I’ve felt. It was a nice warm day for a change,” Prior said.
Prior, who won 18 games in 2003, started the season on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. He won his first three starts, but did not last longer than seven innings in any of those outings.
The wind was blowing out of Wrigley Field on Sunday, and three of the hits Prior allowed were homers. However, manager Dusty Baker had no problem letting him finish the game.
“Mark said he wanted the game very badly. Then you give him the ball and throw pitch counts out the window unless it gets ridiculous,” Baker said. “Another batter or two and we would’ve been approaching that, but Mark wanted the ball and that’s what you want.”
The Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Cubs 5-2 in Thursday’s series opener. Preston Wilson and Todd Greene homered for Colorado, which won for just the fourth time on the road this season.
Todd Helton went 0-for-3 and is 2-for-34 over his last 10 games.
Todd Walker singled in a run for the Cubs, who have lost two straight following a three-game winning streak. The Cubs left eight men on base and were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
“We’re all frustrated, everyone from the top to the bottom,” Baker said. “We got a number of hits and no runs. We had chances to get back in the game or get the lead.”