De La Rosa goes 6 scoreless for Rockies

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jorge De La Rosa tuned up for his opening-day start with six shutout innings for the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, but Hector Sanchez hit a game-ending two-run homer to give the San Francisco Giants an 8-6 win.

De La Rosa, 16-6 in 30 starts for the Rockies in 2013, gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out seven against the Giants.

Right-hander Matt Cain, the Giants' No. 2 starter, continued his up-and-down spring by pitching five innings and giving up six runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out a batter.

Trailing 6-2, the Giants rallied to tie it in the eighth on a grand slam by minor league outfielder Jarrett Parker.

STARTING TIME

Rockies: De La Rosa has been inconsistent this spring, but worked on his mechanics since his previous start on Friday.

"I had better rhythm," he said. "I just wanted to try to pitch the way I pitched last year, but I try not to think too much. I want to keep going, do the things I did today."

Giants: Manager Bruce Bochy thought that Cain was leaving his off-speed pitches up, but that he also was having trouble gripping the ball.

"They talked about the wind today, but I think all of the pitchers were having trouble gripping the ball," Bochy said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: Second baseman Marco Scutaro and left-handed relief specialist Jeremy Affeldt will begin the season on the disabled list. Scutaro has been dealing with back issues since last season. He had just two at-bats this spring (one hit) in between epidural injections. Both shots had limited effectiveness, as did a diagnostic nerve block injection. He also had an injection of cortisone. Scutaro will remain in Scottsdale for further treatment and a timetable for his return is uncertain, Bochy said. Joaquin Arias likely will get most of the playing time at second in Scutaro's absence.