Acquired on April 5 to give the Rockies more pitching depth, he earned his shot at starting when the Rockies' fifth starter, Franklin Morales, went on the DL with a left shoulder strain he suffered in his second start of the season Tuesday.
COL: RHP Jason Hammel (0-0, 2.70 ERA)
Many Rockies scouts believe Hammel could be an effective starter. He has made three bullpen appearances this season, the last two of which have been scoreless outings of two innings in length and all of which have been two innings or more. He made the Rockies' longest relief outing of the season in an April 11 loss to Philiadelphia, yielding two earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. SD: RHP Chris Young (2-0, 3.42 ERA)
Young pitched a two-hitter over seven innings in his last start against the Giants, putting behind him a terrible start in his last outing, but he was shackled with a no-decision as the San Francisco Giants rallied to win it, 1-0, in the bottom of the 10th inning. "I felt good, but I walked too many guys and created a little trouble for myself," Young said. "I had decent command with the fastball. I didn't use the slider early, but it got better as I went along. I'm trying to make good pitches and that's the bottom line." Young walked four and struck out three in his third start in San Francisco, where he has never won and had given up 10 runs in his last 10 2/3 innings. Young retired 10 of the first 12 hitters he faced and was able to pitch himself out of a couple of jams. Tidbits
Ubaldo Jimenez was frustrated enough with the results from his Saturday start that he didn't want to talk after the game. Feeling better Sunday, he explained that he thought he pitched better than the six runs in four innings would indicate. "I felt really good [Saturday], and I was throwing strikes," Jimenez said. "I started the game throwing a lot of strikes. They seemed to find a way to find holes everywhere. The game before yesterday I wasn't able to throw strikes. Yesterday I was." Hurdle saw the outing a little differently, saying he not only missed, but "missed extreme." ... Dexter Fowler entered Sunday's game fifth among National League rookies with 11 hits. He was 3-for-4 on the day, with his fourth multihit game of the season. ... Brad Hawpe has a five-game hitting streak, and his bases-loaded walk on Sunday gave him a team-high 14 RBIs. Tickets
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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.