DENVER -- Rockies lefty reliever Rex Brothers, who has made major strides since a brief demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs, threw his best breaking pitch of the season in a key situation during Friday night's 10-2 victory over the Padres. With Colorado up, 6-2, Brothers replaced struggling reliever Tyler Chatwood with none out and two on base in the eighth. Brothers enticed Chase Headley to swing over a slider in the dirt with the count full for a strikeout, and retired the next two hitters as well. "In that situation, I would give it that [best of the season]; it worked out well," Brothers said.
Brothers was sent down May 20. Since his return on June 2, Brothers is 1-0 with four holds, a 0.66 ERA and strikeouts of 21 of the 50 batters he has faced, against three walks. He has held opposing hitters to a .128 batting average. "I've put a good little stretch together, and I needed one of those, especially coming back," Brothers said. "I'm getting some confidence going."