DENVER -- It was hard for fans to be excited about Rockies right-handed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso's last two outings, but that's not his fault.
Moscoso threw 80 pitches in four innings of a 10-0 loss to the D-backs on Wednesday, and 2 2/3 more bullpen-saving frames of Saturday's 11-5 loss to the Angels. He allowed five runs in those lopsided games, but has shown signs of correcting some of the problems that arose in two starts earlier this season.
The Rockies called him up in late April, but he gave up 12 runs, walked four and yielded 16 hits in 9 1/3 innings in starts against the Mets and the Braves. Those games ended up close losses that could have been wins had Moscoso pitched better. The performances earned him a demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Moscoso, 28, would like to develop into a big league starter. He started in 21 of his 34 appearances with the Rangers and Athletics from 2009-11 before the Rockies acquired him from Oakland last winter. His career ERA was 3.47 entering this season. The long relief work is giving him a chance to clean up some bad habits in lopsided games, and be ready if the Rockies call upon him again, as either a starter or in a close game.
"When I first came up here, I was struggling with my command and working behind," Moscoso said. "Now I'm getting ahead in the last couple of outings. The other team had scored a lot of runs, and my job was to keep the team in the game.
"Our team is in a tough situation, trying to get back on track. My job is to help my team as much as I can, whether it's out of the bullpen or as a starter. I've been a starter all my career, but if my future calls on me to pitch out of the bullpen, I'll do it. You never know."
Moscoso would love to pitch in a game when the Rockies are winning, and he's hoping to do so when the Athletics come to town Tuesday through Thursday.
"I know those guys, and that'll give me more confidence," Moscoso said. "Plus I can help my teammates in the bullpen. We're always talking in the bullpen about how we'll pitch certain guys, so I can be a positive person for us."