Cook gets early call to face off vs. Mets

Cook gets early call to face off vs. Mets

DENVER -- Fans are seeing quite a bit of Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook. Some of that is planned; some of it not.

In the 10th inning of Friday night's 6-5, 13-inning victory over the Mets, the Rockies were out of healthy position players and Cook had to pinch-hit. Cook extended his at-bat against Mets closer Billy Wagner to a respectable seven pitches before striking out.

That was a desperate move. But in a more strategic move, manager Clint Hurdle moved Cook's next start from Monday to Sunday afternoon, when he'll face the Mets in the rubber game of a three-game set at Coors Field. Sunday's series finale concludes a nine-game, 10-day homestand.

Lefty Jose De La Rosa swaps places with Cook, and will pitch on Monday on the road against the Phillies.

"It was to get [Cook] every opportunity to maintain the momentum he had established during the second half of [Tuesday's 6-5 loss the Giants]," Hurdle said. "And it will give De La Rosa one more opportunity to work on the side with Bob [Apodaca, the Rockies' pitching coach]."

Pitching matchup
COL: RHP Aaron Cook (6-3, 3.06 ERA)
Cook has lost two straight starts after winning a club-record six straight. He grasped for control during the first four innings of his last start, against the Giants, giving up four runs in the first four innings. But after a brief pointer from Apodaca to stay compact in his delivery, he pitched three strong innings to last through the seventh. He's trying to take that feeling into his next start.

NYM: RHP John Maine (5-3, 3.29 ERA)
It now appears that the standard M.O. for Maine's opponents is to foul off pitches by the dozens in an effort to tire the Mets starter. Maine has thrown 325 pitches in his three most recent starts, covering 18 1/3 innings. His loss to the Braves on Tuesday was his first after four consecutive victories. He needed 99 pitches to achieve 12 outs.

Tidbits
When Rockies right fielder Matt Holliday tied Friday night's game with a ninth-inning home run and won it with an RBI single in the 13th, he became the second player in the past four seasons to send a game into extra innings with a home run and win it with a hit. The Indians' Ryan Garko was the last player to do it, on July 17, 2007, against the White Sox. ... Left-hander Micah Bowie, on the disabled list since April 22 with a strained inner left forearm, reported feeling fine after a 30-pitch -- all fastballs -- bullpen session on Saturday. The strain occurred in the area where a nerve in the forearm was moved during a Tommy John ligament transfer surgery. Bowie's next session, likely on Tuesday, will include secondary pitches. ... Shortstop Omar Quintanilla's ninth-inning error on Saturday ended his errorless streak at 72 games.

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Up next
• Monday: Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa, 1-2, 7.78) at Phillies (Jamie Moyer, 4-3, 4.37), 5:05 p.m. MT
• Tuesday: Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez, 1-4, 4.61) at Phillies (Kyle Kendrick, 3-2, 5.19), 5:05 p.m. MT
• Wednesday: Rockies (Greg Reynolds, 0-1, 4.08) at Phillies (Adam Eaton, 0-3, 5.37), 5:05 p.m. MT

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.