MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - INSIDE PITCH
Michael Cuddyer's hitting streak was in jeopardy when the Rockies right fielder came to bat in the eighth inning Sunday.
His team-record run was on the verge of ending after Cuddyer went hitless in three at-bats against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, striking out once and grounding out twice.
Cuddyer extended the streak with a two-out single in the eighth off reliever Sandy Rosario, who reached back for the ball only to have it hit his hand and roll into center field. The hit extended Cuddyer's streak to 27 games. Cuddyer has reached base safely in 46 straight games, which is also a franchise record.
"What helped me from being anxious was we needed baserunners in that situation," Cuddyer said of his at-bat against Rosario. "So I was taking, which helped me see the first slider, and then I saw his fastball second pitch. So I felt good after those two pitches, and then I squeaked one up the middle."
Cuddyer was happy not to have a fourth at-bat against Bumgarner, who held the Rockies to four hits and one run over seven innings in San Francisco's 5-2 win.
"I didn't pick Bumgarner up very well today," Cuddyer said. "Obviously, not many of us did. He was on his game."
Cuddyer's previous career-high was a 15-game hitting streak with the Twins in 2010.
"I've never been through anything like this before," he said. "It's pretty obvious. So just enjoy the ride and have as good of at-bats as you can."
That said, Cuddyer, who has the longest hitting streak in the majors since Atlanta's Dan Uggla hit safely in 33 consecutive games from July 5-Aug. 13, 2011, has been able to step back and realize the magnitude of his achievement.
"It's pretty awesome, pretty cool to go out and do," Cuddyer said. "But when you get in the box, you can't focus on it. Obviously, it's in your head and in your mind and there's a job at hand. I was upset with myself that first at-bat, because my job was to get that guy in from third with less than two outs, and I didn't. So that was bigger than the streak to me, and I didn't come through."
Batting with one out and runners at first and third in the first inning, Cuddyer struck out.
When he came up against Rosario in the eighth, Cuddyer said there was no question the streak was in his mind.
"I knew what was at stake, but I also knew I had to get on base," he said. "That was my job in that situation."
At this point, Cuddyer is one game shy of being halfway to Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in 1941, a record many believe will never be broken.
"I'm right there with those people," Cuddyer said. "It's incredible; it's unfathomable."
MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 4-6
NEXT: Tuesday -- Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 6-5, 2.08) at Rockies (Roy Oswalt, 0-2, 7.36)
--LHP Drew Pomeranz, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start Sunday, took the loss against the Giants. He gave up seven hits, two of them homers, four walks and four hits in 4 1/3 innings as the Rockies fell 5-2. It was his first major league outing of the season. Pomeranz, 24, was 8-1 with a 4.20 ERA in 15 starts for Colorado Springs this year.
--RHP Rob Scahill was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to clear a roster spot for LHP Drew Pomeranz, who started Sunday. In three different stints with the Rockies this season, the last of which began May 29, Scahill is 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA in 13 games. He allowed nine runs in 19 innings, including five runs on June 7 against San Diego without retiring a batter.
--RHP Roy Oswalt pitches Tuesday against the Dodgers, his third start for the Rockies and first at Coors Field, where he has a career 2.25 ERA. Oswalt struck out 11 in five innings with no walks June 20 while losing 5-1 in his Rockies debut at Washington, and he struck out five and walked one in six innings June 26 at Boston in a 5-3 loss. Oswalt, 35, has had good fastball velocity and movement but must improve the sharpness of his secondary pitches.
--RF Michael Cuddyer extended his franchise-record hitting streak to 27 games with a single off the hand of RHP Sandy Rosario and into center field on his final at-bat in the eighth inning. Cuddyer has reached base safely in 46 straight games, which is also a franchise record. The last player with a longer hitting streak than Cuddyer was Atlanta's Dan Uggla, who hit safely in 33 consecutive games from July 8-Aug. 13, 2011. The last player to have an on-base streak longer than Cuddyer was Kevin Millar, who reached base safely in 52 consecutive games for Baltimore from June 20-Aug. 25, 2007.
--OF Xavier Nady signed a minor league contract with the Rockies and will report to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Colorado was interested in the 34-year-old right-handed hitter because they are left-handed-hitting dominant in their outfield. Nady, who can also play first base, was hitting .310 with a .382 on-base percentage, 11 home runs and 43 RBIs at Triple-A Omaha before asking for his release and signing Sunday with the Rockies, whom he thought offered a better major league opportunity. In 11 seasons in the big leagues, Nady has batted .280 with 101 homers and 406 RBIs with the Padres, Pirates, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Mets, Giants, Cubs and Nationals.
--CF Dexter Fowler did not play for the fifth straight game due to right wrist soreness. He said the wrist was better, and with an off day Monday, he hopes to play Tuesday. Manager Walt Weiss said Fowler would be re-evaluated Tuesday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "My command wasn't what it has been. I haven't been pitching like that. I'm obviously very disappointed, not making it deep into the game like I would like to." -- LHP Drew Pomeranz, who took the loss against the Giants on Sunday after being called up to make the start.
MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - ROSTER REPORT
--CF Dexter Fowler (sore right wrist) did not play June 26-30 after aggravating the wrist taking a swing June 25. He is day-to-day.
--RHP Edgmer Escalona (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 10. He began a rehab assignment June 28 with Triple-A Colorado Springs.
--SS Troy Tulowitzki (broken rib) went on the 15-day disabled list June 14. He is expected to be out until late July. He did some light throwing in late June but was not able to swing a bat as of June 27. He said he still feels pain and termed it "more like a bruise."
--LHP Edwar Cabrera (left shoulder impingement) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 14.
LHP Jorge De La Rosa
RHP Jhoulys Chacin
RHP Tyler Chatwood
RHP Roy Oswalt
RHP Rafael Betancourt (closer)
RHP Matt Belisle
LHP Rex Brothers
RHP Wilton Lopez
RHP Adam Ottavino
LHP Josh Outman
RHP Rob Scahill
RHP Manuel Corpas
1B Todd Helton
2B DJ LeMahieu
SS Josh Rutlege
3B Nolan Arenado
INF Jordan Pacheco
INF Jonathan Herrera
LF Carlos Gonzalez
CF Dexter Fowler
RF Michael Cuddyer
OF Tyler Colvin
OF Corey Dickerson