De La Rosa, Sox Staff Spectacular in Second Rehab Start, Win 5-2
Rehabbing starter Jorge De La Rosa and the Sky Sox bullpen delivered a stellar day Sunday, fueling a 5-2 victory over Portland.
De La Rosa looked sharp from the get go. Striking out leadoff man Luis Durango on three pitches to start the afternoon, the starter cruised through the first two frames - retiring all six batters he faced.
Sensing an opening, the Sox broke the 0-0 tie in the bottom of the second. Cole Garner tripling to lead off the frame, Travis Metcalf drove the game's first run with an RBI groundout; 1-0.
Though the Beavers would draw even at one with a score in the top of the fourth, the Sox quickly struck back. With two two-out singles putting runners on first and second, De La Rosa helped his own cause, driving in two with a base-hit of his own; 3-1.
The Sox would pile it on in again in the sixth, plating two more on the strength of a double, a walk, and a single; 5-1.
Meanwhile, De La Rosa continued to impress, throwing six innings of one-run ball complete with five strikeouts and just one walk.
Relieved by Andrew Johnston and fellow rehabbing hurler Taylor Buchholz, the Sky Sox cruised through the remainder of the game - save for one hiccup on a ninth-inning inside-the-park home run by Mike Baxter. Winning by a final of 5-2, the Sky Sox snapped a two-game skid, pulling to an even 5-5 against Portland this season.
With the win, the Sky Sox improved to 35-42 while the Beavers fell to 30-46 with the defeat.
The two teams will face off tomorrow for the third leg of their four-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
WP: Jorge De La Rosa (1-1, 1.80)
LP: Steve Garrison (1-1, 5.11)
- In his second rehab appearance for the Sky Sox, Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa threw 83 pitches over 6.0 innings, allowing just one walk and one earned run.
- Portland infielder Mike Baxter hit a rare inside-the-park home run off Andrew Johnston to lead off the ninth. The homer was the first by a Sox opponent since Jason Repko accomplished the feat on June 2, 2005.
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