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Diamondbacks win wild one over Rockies in 11 innings

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DENVER -- Ubaldo Jimenez has six different pitches to befuddle batters. On Friday, he couldn't find the proper spin on his breaking balls or enough zip on his heaters.

It added up to a terrible 2011 debut for the Colorado Rockies ace who started out 15-1 last season.

Jimenez looked like he was throwing batting practice Friday, laboring through six innings, allowing six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits and a wild pitch in a 7-6, 11-inning loss to Arizona at Coors Field.

He was long gone by the time Matt Lindstrom's wild pitch with one out in the top of the 11th inning allowed Gerardo Parra to score from third base with the go-ahead run.

All but one of the hits he allowed went for extra bases, including home runs by Justin Upton and Miguel Montero.

Knowing he lacked his usual breaking stuff, he stuck with fastballs, but his heaters were topping out at 93 mph instead of the usual 99-100.

"If I have the speed that I normally do, it's not easy to hit it even if they know that I'm going to be throwing fastball every time," Jimenez said. "But I didn't have the movement, I didn't have the speed."

After averaging 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings last year, Colorado's ace whiffed just one batter.

His unusual futility finally caught up to him in the fifth, when Upton's three-run homer put Arizona ahead 4-3.

"It wasn't as electric," Upton said of Jimenez's repertoire. "I don't know exactly what he was throwing but it wasn't jumping like it usually does."

Jimenez said he couldn't locate his curveball in the bullpen warming up and had to stick with fastballs.

"That's the only thing I had," he said.

And without the usual oomph, he didn't even have that.

In the sixth, Montero collected his fifth career hit -- and third career homer -- off Jimenez, sending a 2-1 pitch into the bullpen in right-center to give the Diamondbacks a 6-3 cushion.

"It's kind of weird. To be honest, I don't think he was throwing that hard," Montero said. "Today he didn't have the greatest stuff, he wasn't throwing near as hard as (normal) and we were able to take advantage."

Jimenez, last year's NL All-Star Game starter, walked away with a 7.50 ERA.

Jimenez felt worst, however, about walking pitcher Ian Kennedy in the fifth before allowing a single to Willie Bloomquist, who started at shortstop with Stephen Drew held out of the lineup as he recovers from a strained abdominal muscle. One out later, Upton's three-run shot put Arizona ahead.

"That's what hurt me the most," Jimenez said. "You never want to be walking the pitcher. Every time that happens, it's going to get in your head and always there's a problem that's going to come after that."

The last time Jimenez struck out just one batter was on May 21, 2008, against San Francisco, when he tossed seven innings in a no-decision.

Jimenez said he felt fine physically and wasn't worried that this bad outing was more than a one-time deal, and his teammates brushed off their ace's unusually poor performance.

"He can be nervous, too. He's allowed that," Todd Helton said. "His stuff looked good. I think we're all right."

Notes

  • Colorado RHP Aaron Cook (broken finger) made 50 throws at 100 feet Friday as he embarked on his comeback that is expected to last for weeks.
 
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Chris Young (right) and his Diamondbacks teammates jump for joy after starting off the season with a victory. (AP)
Chris Young (right) and his Diamondbacks teammates jump for joy after starting off the season with a victory. (AP)

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M. Montero
AB 5
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H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

J. Lopez
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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS6130002 .500
Kelly Johnson, 2B5020104 .400
Justin Upton, RF6123014 .333
Chris Young, CF6020023 .333
Juan Miranda, 1B3010010 .333
Melvin Mora, 3B5100002 .000
Miguel Montero, C5232013 .600
Gerardo Parra, LF5121011 .400
Ian Kennedy, P2100101 .000
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Russell Branyan, PH0000100 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
   b- Barry Enright, PH1000011 .000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Totals44715637  
a-walked for Heilman in the 9th
b-struck out for Demel in the 11th
Batting
2B - Willie Bloomquist (1, Paulino), Kelly Johnson (1, Jimenez), Justin Upton (1, Belisle), Chris Young (1, Jimenez), Miguel Montero (1, Jimenez), Gerardo Parra (1, Jimenez)
HR - Justin Upton (1, Jimenez), Miguel Montero (1, Jimenez)
SH - Juan Miranda (1)
RBI - Justin Upton 3 (3), Miguel Montero 2 (2), Gerardo Parra (1)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Upton 3 (3), Gerardo Parra (1)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (1, 2nd base off Lindstrom/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Bloomquist-Johnson-Miranda
E - Juan Miranda (1, Throwing), Miguel Montero (1, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy 6643331 4.50
Juan Gutierrez (BS,1) 1320030 0.00
Aaron Heilman 1200030 0.00
David Hernandez 1100100 0.00
Sam Demel (W,1-0) 1100000 0.00
J.J. Putz (S,1) 1000020 0.00
WP - Ian Kennedy 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 108-63, Juan Gutierrez 27-18, Aaron Heilman 27-15, David Hernandez 18-11, Sam Demel 11-7, J.J. Putz 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 6-10, David Hernandez 3-0, Sam Demel 2-0, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 28, Juan Gutierrez 7, Aaron Heilman 5, David Hernandez 5, Sam Demel 3, J.J. Putz 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5111121 .200
Seth Smith, RF6131021 .500
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Carlos Gonzalez, LF6130004 .500
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5000124 .000
Todd Helton, 1B4121001 .500
    Esmil Rogers, PR0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Spilborghs, RF1000010 .000
Ty Wigginton, 3B-1B5010012 .200
Jose Lopez, 2B-3B5122001 .400
Chris Iannetta, C3110212 .333
Ubaldo Jimenez, P1000000 .000
   a- Ian Stewart, PH1000010 .000
    Felipe Paulino, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Giambi, PH1000010 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
   c- Jonathan Herrera, PH-2B1000002 .000
Totals446135411  
a-struck out for Jimenez in the 6th
b-struck out for Betancourt in the 8th
c-grounded out for Street in the 9th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (1, Kennedy), Carlos Gonzalez (1, Kennedy), Chris Iannetta (1, Kennedy)
HR - Jose Lopez (1, Kennedy)
SF - Todd Helton (1)
SH - Ty Wigginton (1), Ubaldo Jimenez (1)
RBI - Dexter Fowler (1), Seth Smith (1), Todd Helton (1), Jose Lopez 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Lopez (1)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez (1, 2nd base off Heilman/Montero), Jose Lopez (1, 2nd base off Gutierrez/Montero)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dexter Fowler 1
DP - Wigginton-J. Lopez-Helton, J. Lopez-Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Helton
E - Ty Wigginton (1, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez 6765112 7.50
Felipe Paulino 1200000 0.00
Rafael Betancourt 1100010 0.00
Huston Street 1100110 0.00
Matt Belisle 0.2200000 0.00
Matt Reynolds (L,0-1) 0.1111010 27.00
Matt Lindstrom 1100130 0.00
IBB - Johnson by Matt Lindstrom
HBP - Miranda (by Ubaldo Jimenez)
WP - Matt Lindstrom (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 98-63, Felipe Paulino 11-7, Rafael Betancourt 10-7, Huston Street 18-12, Matt Belisle 9-7, Matt Reynolds 7-4, Matt Lindstrom 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 10-7, Felipe Paulino 1-0, Rafael Betancourt 1-0, Huston Street 1-1, Matt Belisle 2-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 27, Felipe Paulino 3, Rafael Betancourt 3, Huston Street 5, Matt Belisle 4, Matt Reynolds 2, Matt Lindstrom 5
Game Information
Attendance - 49374
Game Time - 4:04
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Bill Welke