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Rockies' Fowler first rookie with five SBs in game since '99

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DENVER -- Dexter Fowler doesn't have to wait a sign to steal a base.

His light is permanently green.

Taking advantage of good jumps and Chris Young's methodical delivery, Fowler tied a modern-day rookie mark with five stolen bases as the Colorado Rockies ran their way to a 12-7 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

 Hawpe hurts neck, taken to hospital

Fowler gave the Padres fits all night, becoming the first rookie to steal that many bases since Damian Jackson did it for San Diego on June 28, 1999.

Although he's already encouraged to run, Fowler, who has nine steals for the season, received even more prodding before the game.

"I told him, 'Run until they stop you,"' teammate Ryan Spilborghs said. "He did. I don't think they ever stopped him. I think he's still running if we go look for him right now."

The Rockies stole eight bases, the second-most in franchise history. It was two shy of the team mark set on June 30, 1996.

All the stolen bases were on the battery of Young and Nick Hundley.

The game was halted in the sixth inning when Brad Hawpe was hit in the neck by Hundley's throw to second.

Hawpe was taken off the field on a cart and then to a hospital with a possible concussion.

"We know he's doing OK," Spilborghs said after the game.

Hawpe's injury occurred when Hundley scooped a ball out of the dirt and fired a throw to second to try and pick off Hawpe, who was sliding back into the bag. The throw sailed to the shortstop side of the base.

Hundley winced as he watched Hawpe get hit by the baseball.

So did David Eckstein, who was covering second on the play.

"It hit him solid, that's why I was scared," Eckstein said. "When I saw [his] eyes open, that was OK."

Fowler was on base four times for the Rockies, lining two singles and drawing two walks. He stole second and third on twice.

His five thefts for the game tied Willy Taveras for second-most in Rockies history. The team record is six by Eric Young on the same day the team mark was set.

Fowler had no idea he was closing in on the team record until a fan screamed at him.

"Heard a guy say, 'Almost got the record, one more,"' Fowler said.

Then a roadblock came up. Slow-moving pitcher Glendon Rusch singled just ahead of Fowler's walk in the fifth.

The brakes had to be applied.

Still, Fowler tried to propel Rusch to take off.

"I was like, 'Rushy, if you take off, that's on you -- but I'm right behind you,"' Fowler said, smiling.

Reliver Jason Grilli (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Jason Hammel made his first start in a year and surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in three innings. The Rockies picked up Hammel from the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this month for a minor league pitcher. He made three appearances out of the bullpen before getting the start Monday.

Young (2-1) gave up a career-high eight runs in three innings. Young had a career mark of 5-1 against Colorado with a 3.28 ERA before the meltdown.

"It's a good lineup and if you fall behind you're asking for trouble," Young said.

Especially when Fowler gets on base.

With Young's slow delivery, Fowler had a field day on the bases.

"It's something I was aware of, so the goal is to keep him off base," Young said. "But it doesn't change the way I'm pitching."

Notes

  • Padres OF Jody Gerut came into the game hitless in his last 16 at-bats, but broke out of his slump in a big way with a single, double and homer.
  • Hitless in his last 19 plate appearances, Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki took a seat on the bench Monday night. He's hitting .167 this season.
  • Rockies 3B Garrett Atkins had his second three-hit game of the season.
 
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Brad Hawpe leaves the game with assistance in the sixth after suffering a scary neck injury.  (US Presswire)
Brad Hawpe leaves the game with assistance in the sixth after suffering a scary neck injury. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Colorado

D. Fowler
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
San Diego

J. Gerut
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
Jody Gerut, CF5331000 .268
David Eckstein, 2B4120111 .309
Brian Giles, RF5021002 .184
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4111113 .319
Chase Headley, LF5122012 .267
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5111021 .270
Nick Hundley, C5020010 .265
Luis Rodriguez, SS4011112 .244
Chris Young, P2000004 .273
    Edwin Moreno, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Burke, PH1000010 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   b- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1000000 .143
    Luis Perdomo, P0000000 .000
Totals41714738  
a-struck out for Moreno in the 6th
b-grounded out for Gregerson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jody Gerut (5, Hammel), David Eckstein (6, Rusch), Adrian Gonzalez (2, Rusch), Nick Hundley (3, Hammel)
3B - Chase Headley (1, Hammel)
HR - Jody Gerut (2, Hammel)
RBI - Jody Gerut (6), Brian Giles (11), Adrian Gonzalez (16), Chase Headley 2 (10), Kevin Kouzmanoff (7), Luis Rodriguez (6)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (10), Chase Headley 2 (7), Kevin Kouzmanoff (5), Luis Rodriguez (2)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Gonzalez-Rodriguez-Moreno
San Diego Padres
Chris Young (L,2-1) 3788530 5.74
Edwin Moreno 2422110 3.86
Duaner Sanchez 1211000 7.11
Luke Gregerson 1200010 2.25
Luis Perdomo 1211110 6.43
IBB - Iannetta by Chris Young
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 85-45, Edwin Moreno 35-22, Duaner Sanchez 18-12, Luke Gregerson 14-9, Luis Perdomo 23-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 1-4, Edwin Moreno 1-3, Duaner Sanchez 1-2, Luke Gregerson 2-0, Luis Perdomo 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 20, Edwin Moreno 10, Duaner Sanchez 5, Luke Gregerson 5, Luis Perdomo 6
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF4320212 .302
Ryan Spilborghs, LF-RF4220112 .308
Todd Helton, 1B4122012 .271
Garrett Atkins, 3B5232004 .250
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
Brad Hawpe, RF3222101 .328
    Jason Marquis, PR0000000 .500
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B1000010 .125
Ian Stewart, 2B-LF^3B5113012 .262
Clint Barmes, SS4122101 .288
Chris Iannetta, C3010202 .143
Jason Hammel, P2000013 .000
    Glendon Rusch, P1010000 .500
    Jason Grilli, P1000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
   a- Seth Smith, PH-LF1011000 .290
Totals3812171276  
a-singled for Street in the 8th
Batting
2B - Garrett Atkins 2 (5, C. Young, Sanchez), Brad Hawpe (7, Moreno), Ian Stewart (2, C. Young)
SF - Todd Helton (3)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (11), Garrett Atkins 2 (11), Brad Hawpe 2 (16), Ian Stewart 3 (11), Clint Barmes 2 (9), Seth Smith (5)
2-OUT RBI - Garrett Atkins (6), Ian Stewart 2 (6), Clint Barmes 2 (4), Seth Smith (1)
SB - Dexter Fowler 5 (9, 2nd base off C. Young/Hundley, 3rd base off C. Young/Hundley, 2nd base off C. Young/Hundley, 3rd base off C. Young/Hundley, 2nd base off C. Young/Hundley), Ryan Spilborghs (2, 2nd base off C. Young/Hundley), Ian Stewart (2, 3rd base off C. Young/Hundley), Clint Barmes (2, 2nd base off C. Young/Hundley)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Atkins-Stewart-Helton
E - Garrett Atkins (3, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hammel 3754321 5.59
Glendon Rusch 2.2422020 5.84
Jason Grilli (H,3; W,1-1) 1.1000030 1.08
Huston Street 1100000 7.00
Manny Corpas 1200010 5.79
IBB - Rodriguez by Jason Hammel
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 78-45, Glendon Rusch 43-31, Jason Grilli 15-10, Huston Street 13-9, Manny Corpas 26-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 4-4, Glendon Rusch 2-3, Huston Street 3-0, Manny Corpas 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 20, Glendon Rusch 11, Jason Grilli 4, Huston Street 4, Manny Corpas 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18246
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 44
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Tom Hallion