Last night's Colorado Rockies game was only the third home game of the year to sell out, with a good portion of the fans cheering on the Boston Red Socks. But maybe that's what the Rox needed to keep them from sinking fully into mediocrity.
Jhoulys Chacín was given the assignment of pitching against a team that's gone 20-8 since May 18, the best record in the Bigs (via The Denver Post
). He came up huge, pitching shutout ball into the seventh inning. And although he walked five batters and allowed four singles, he always seemed to get out of the jams (The Associated Press
Another bit of good news comes via Huston Street, who was in the Rockies bullpen last night and available to pitch for the first time all season. The $22 million man was shut down in spring training with a bum shoulder, setting off a rehab process that's endured for the past few months. Now he's back, and he's on a personal mission to win back his closer role, according to The Denver Post
Manager Jim Tracy won't start Street at closer right away, and Street's OK with that.
"They can use me in any role they want," he says. "Whenever I'm back in the ninth, it will be because I earned it. You look at the job the bullpen has done, and that's a pretty high standard down there. I just want to fit in with those guys."