With another strong outing behind him, Jorge De La Rosa believes that at long last his comeback from reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow is complete.
De La Rosa pitched six innings of two-hit ball, Michael Cuddyer homered and the Colorado Rockies won their season-high eighth in a row by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Saturday night.
It was the first win at Coors Field for De La Rosa (2-1) since returning late last year from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. He missed more than a year after tearing an elbow ligament on May 24, 2011, in another outing Arizona.
"That's in the past," De La Rosa said. "I feel very good right now."
Despite throwing in 28-degree weather, Jon Garland was surprised how quickly his pitching hand got cold.
That didn't prevent him from throwing a biting curveball, along with some heaters.
Garland worked seven solid innings to give the Colorado Rockies an 11-3 win over the New York Mets in the wrap-up of a wintry series at Coors Field on Thursday.
"I was surprised at how fast my hand got cold, because it didn't seem that cold out there with the sun," Garland said.
"But besides that, my body felt fine. I was throwing curveballs, sliders, a lot of offspeed. I think the key was early on the curveball was being called for a strike. So, guys couldn't just take it. They had to respect it, and I threw enough fastballs in there for strikes to keep them off balance."
Dexter Fowler thought he was hit on the right foot in the batter's box, only the plate umpire didn't see it that way.
No big deal. On the very next pitch, Fowler managed to get the Colorado Rockies started on the right foot.
Fowler hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Jhoulys Chacin pitched effectively into the seventh, helping the Rockies to a 9-1 win over San Diego on Sunday for their first series sweep of the Padres at Coors Field in 10 years.
Wilin Rosario later broke open a tight game with a three-run homer as the Rockies improved to 5-1, their best start since 1995 when the Blake Street Bombers began 7-1.
Just what this team needed after a season in which they lost a franchise-record 98 games.