Former Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa has signed a minor-league contract with the organization and is working out in extended spring training at the Rockies Salt River Fields facility. De La Rosa pitched nine years for the Rockies (2008-16) and is the franchise’s all-time leader with 86 wins and 985 strikeouts.
He spent the bulk of the last two years working in relief primarily for the D-backs, and then with the Cubs in the final weeks of the 2018 season. The Rockies see De La Rosa as a veteran, who has pitched in Coors Field who could eventually be a factor in the bullpen.
In Sunday’s Games
AAA Albuquerque (3-1) won 9-8 in 12 innings against Salt Lake City (Angels affiliate). Sam Hilliard (.176) keyed a four-run fifth with a three-run home run and finished with four RBI. Noel Cuevas (.200) delivered the walk-off RBI double in the 12th. Nelson Gonzalez (1-0, 0.00) made his season debut and picked up the win in relief. Ryan Castellani (4.50) allowed two runs on five hits and four walks, striking out four, in four innings. The Isotopes used seven pitchers, who combined to throw 251 pitches.
AA Hartford (1-3) claimed it’s first win of the season, 3-0 against Richmond (Giants affiliate). Brian Serven (.333) was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run. Ty Culbreth (1-0, 0.00) allowed three hits and a walk, striking out three, in five innings for the win. Ben Bowden (0-0, 0.00) earned the save, allowing one hit in the ninth.
High-A Lancaster (0-4) saw a nine-run lead turn into a 10-9 loss against Modesto (A’s affiliate). The Jet Hawks sent 14 batters to the plate in that nine run second inning, including Casey Golden (.417) leading it off with his second home run in two days. Sean Bouchard (.167) had a two-run triple and run-scoring single in the inning. Modesto responded by scoring in six of the next seven innings. Hunter Williams (0-1, 3.86) allowed two runs, one earned, in 1 1/3 innings and suffered the lost. Antonio Santos (0-0, 5.40) started and allowed three runs on four hits and two walks, striking out seven in five innings.
Low-A Asheville (2-2) lost 11-2 against Augusta (Giants affiliate). Alfredo Garcia (0-1, 11.57) allowed six runs on six hits and three walks, striking out one in 4 2/3 innings. He was charged with five of the six runs Augusta scored in the fifth. First baseman John Cresto (.417) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and catcher Willie MacIver (.385) was a mid-game insertion into the lineup and was 2-for-2 with a run scored. The Tourists were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position, and are 3-for-28 in those situations the last two games.