Rockies starter Jason Jennings has more wins at Coors Field than any other pitcher. But he knows as well as anyone just how hard it is to pitch in the hitter-friendly park.
Jennings looks to turn in another strong start as the streaking Rockies wrap up their three-game home series with the Cincinnati Reds.
Jennings allowed one earned run and six hits in seven innings of a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, passing Pedro Astacio to become the winningest pitcher in Coors Field history. Jennings, who has 25 victories at Coors, earned just his second win at home this season in six starts.
“I don’t think anyone will really tell you they like pitching here,” he said. “I embrace the challenge. It’s always extra special when you get a win here, because you know you earned it.”
Jennings, who has 16 losses at Coors Field, also won his second straight start overall since a three start losing streak. Jennings, who has changed his routine between starts, had not won consecutive starts since last July.
The 26-year-old right-hander has allowed two earned runs in 14 innings in his last two starts after giving up 19 in 14 2-3 innings during his losing streak.
“I just wanted to stay with the same game plan I had those first few innings,” he said. “If they beat me, they were going to beat me with what I’d gotten them out with the first few innings. Continue to make some good pitches down in the zone and get some groundball outs.”
The Rockies won their season-high third straight on Saturday, beating the Reds 7-5. J.D. Closser had a two run double in Colorado’s six-run sixth inning, and Clint Barmes and Desi Relaford each had two hits.
Despite their winning streak, the Rockies still own the worst record in the National League.
Joe Randa and Rich Aurilia each homered for the Reds, who have lost four in a row overall and 13 of 16 on the road. Aurilia and Felipe Lopez each had three hits for Cincinnati, which scored four runs in the first inning.