ST. LOUIS -- Manager Jim Tracy marveled over the way rookie catcher Wilin Rosario found the energy to hit a home run in the eighth inning of Monday night's 9-3 loss to the Cardinals.
Control-challenged Rockies hurlers needed 199 pitches over eight innings to make it through the game. In comparison, the Cardinals handled nine innings in 128 pitches.
"He hit the home run late in the game," Tracy said. "After what he had been through, trying to catch what it was we were throwing up there, he still fires a ball into our bullpen for a home run. It's a testament to the kid, how strong he is, how capable he is and how much better he is."
Rosario, whose 14 homers lead Major League rookies, has had numerous games like Monday's since taking over as the regular catcher when Ramon Hernandez sustained an injury to his left hand in May.
Just 23, Rosario is not being worn down by the pitch load.
"Energy is something I have, something God gave me, plus I'm learning on the field," Rosario said. "I'm enjoying the moment, just enjoying being out there. Of course, if you think how many players want to be in my position, it's a lot. So have fun with it."
That doesn't mean Rosario doesn't suffer along with the pitcher. His biggest danger as a hitter, he said, is trying to make up for things when the pitcher is struggling.
"I think I'm a part of that situation," he said. "When they're bad or when they're good, pat of it is because of how I call the game. I have to control what I can control in any situation."
Much of Rosario's game preparation is learning how to handle the Rockies staff, with pitchers who are either inexperienced or struggling or both, and learning opposing hitters his first time through the league. He said that veteran second baseman Marco Scutaro his helped him offensively by giving him quick keys to facing certain pitchers so he can spend more time on the defensive side.