SAN FRANCISCO -- When left-hander Jorge De La Rosa jammed his pitching thumb while batting in the sixth inning of a scoreless game Tuesday night, Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss could tell his ace wanted to keep pitching.
Weiss wasn't about to deny a guy who basically matched Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner pitch for pitch, even while the San Francisco All-Star was bidding for a perfect game.
Weiss had so much confidence in De La Rosa's ability to pitch through the injury, he didn't even have a reliever warming up in the bullpen.
Eleven pitches -- and two runs -- later, Weiss had to pull his 13-win pitcher from the game.
As it turns out, the thumb pain was too much to overcome.
De La Rosa issued just his second walk of the game to Giants right fielder Hunter Pence to start the sixth. Then, after falling behind catcher Buster Posey 3-1, he left a curveball over the heart of the plate, and the former National League Most Valuable Player bombed it into the left field bleachers.
Afterward, Weiss was happy to report De La Rosa's injury is not considered serious and that he would do the same thing again if given an opportunity.
STREAK: Lost one
NEXT: Rockies (LHP Franklin Morales, 5-7, 5.32 ERA) at Giants (RHP Tim Hudson, 9-9, 2.99 ERA)
--LHP Franklin Morales was looking forward to this part of the season for a long time. Morales is unbeaten this year against National League West foes, and that is pretty much all the Rockies will see the rest of the season. Morales is 5-0 against Western opponents, included in which was a 2-1 win over Wednesday's foe, the San Francisco Giants, on April 22, a game in which he pitched a career-best-tying seven innings. He is 1-3 in his career against the Giants with a 5.75 ERA.
--LHP Jorge De La Rosa jammed his left thumb while batting in the sixth inning of Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. He tried to pitch through the pain, but he left two batters into the bottom of the sixth, having surrendered a walk and a two-run homer that broke a scoreless tie. The injury is not considered serious, but the pain was enough for Rockies manager Walt Weiss to pull his ace immediately after the shutout was lost. De La Rosa is not expected to miss a turn in the rotation.
--1B Justin Morneau made news for the second night in a row. This time it came in a loss, but it was a lot more memorable nonetheless. Morneau moved into second place among Canadian-born hitters in hits in Monday's win over the San Francisco Giants. He then had the Rockies' only hit Tuesday in a 3-0 loss, a leadoff double in the eighth inning that ended LHP Madison Bumgarner's bid for a perfect game. Bumgarner heaped praise upon the veteran first baseman, saying the pitch would have bounced in front of C Buster Posey had Morneau not improbably lunged out and hooked it into the right field corner.
--RHP Matt Belisle has pitched in more than his fair share of tough situations before. The one he inherited Tuesday night was rare, and he handled it flawlessly. Belisle wasn't even in the Rockies bullpen when manager Walt Weiss had to pull starter LHP Jorge De La Rosa from the game because of a thumb injury in the sixth inning. Belisle had to head straight from the dugout to the mound, then proceeded to retire all six batters he faced in the sixth and seventh innings to keep the Rockies' deficit at 2-0. It was quite a turnaround for a guy who allowed four hits against Cincinnati on Aug. 15 and three walks against Miami last Friday.
--C Wilin Rosario remains on the Rockies' active roster, but you have to wonder why. Rockies manager Walt Weiss had a chance to pinch-hit his right-handed power hitter late in Tuesday's game against San Francisco, but he opted to stick with the likes of .193-hitting 2B Charlie Culberson against Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner. Culberson struck out to open the ninth inning of the Rockies' 3-0 loss. Rosario, who injured his left wrist Aug. 20, has played in just one of the Rockies' last five games. Weiss hopes to get his starting catcher in the lineup before the series in San Francisco ends Thursday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's always tough. He was locked in tonight." -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss, on Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner, who threw a one-hitter Tuesday in San Francisco's 3-0 win over Colorado.
--LHP Jorge De La Rosa (jammed left thumb) left his Aug. 26 start due to the ailment. The injury is not considered serious, and he is not expected to miss a turn in the rotation.
--C Wilin Rosario (sore left wrist) did not play Aug. 23-26. He is expected to start either Aug. 27 or Aug. 28.
--RF Michael Cuddyer (strained left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 24.
--SS Troy Tulowitzki (labrum in left hip) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 19. He underwent a dry needling procedure on his left hip July 28 in Philadelphia. He underwent season-ending surgery Aug. 15.
--RF Carlos Gonzalez (left knee tendinitis and a left ankle sprain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 9, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 24. He underwent season-ending surgery Aug. 18. Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said it wouldn't be known for several months whether Gonzalez will be ready for the start of spring training.
--LHP Brett Anderson (bulging back disk) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 6, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 16. He underwent season-ending surgery Aug. 14.
--RHP Tommy Kahnle (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 13.
--RHP Tyler Chatwood (right elbow flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list April 30, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 5. He began a throwing program from 50 feet May 23. He threw at 75 feet May 27. He threw from 105 feet June 3. He threw a bullpen session in mid-June. He experienced two setbacks, and he underwent a second season-ending Tommy John surgery in July.
--RHP Jhoulys Chacin (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list June 30, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 4. He does not need surgery but is facing a lengthy rehabilitation. There is a chance he won't return to action this season.
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LHP Tyler Matzek
LHP Franklin Morales
RHP Jordan Lyles
RHP Christian Bergman
RHP LaTroy Hawkins (closer)
LHP Rex Brothers
LHP Boone Logan
RHP Adam Ottavino
RHP Matt Belisle
RHP Nick Masset
RHP Juan Nicasio
RHP Brooks Brown
1B Justin Morneau
2B DJ LeMahieu
SS Josh Rutledge
3B Nolan Arenado
INF Charlie Culberson
LF Corey Dickerson
CF Charlie Blackmon
RF Brandon Barnes
OF Drew Stubbs
OF/INF Matt McBride
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