Escalona comes through in a tough spot

Escalona comes through in a tough spot

DENVER -- The Rockies didn't particularly want to turn a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the seventh inning against the Dodgers on Monday over to recently called up right-handed reliever Edgmer Escalona.

But Escalona, 25, forced a popup to end the inning, pitched another scoreless inning and helped the Rockies preserve an eventual 6-2 victory. That's a good way to earn the trust of manager Jim Tracy.

Escalona was pitching because veteran Matt Belisle was given the night off due to his heavy workload. Escalona could be a viable option for Tracy when more experienced late-innings relievers are not available.

"We have added a lynchpin," Tracy said. "From a confidence standpoint, we jumped a guy up about four notches, yet the credit for that goes to the pitcher himself."