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Padres 4, Rockies 0

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DENVER -- Anthony Bass is a reliever making spot starts.

Or, he's a starter biding his time in the bullpen until a permanent spot opens up in the rotation.

The San Diego Padres haven't quite figured out what to do with the rookie just yet. But it's a nice dilemma to have.

Bass pitched five solid innings to start the San Diego Padres on their way to completing a rare three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 4-0 win Wednesday in the final game of the season at Coors Field.

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The 23-year-old Bass (2-0) cruised through this game, allowing just two hits and throwing an economical 52 pitches before leaving after a leadoff walk in the sixth. Both of his major league wins have now come at Colorado.

Reliable reliever or solid starter?

It's a decision the Padres have until next spring to ponder.

"He's in the mix," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "Whether he's in the mix to start or in the mix for our 'pen, I think he could be a valuable member of our pitching staff."

Bass said it really doesn't matter to him -- he just wants a spot.

"I started most of my career. I feel real comfortable starting," Bass said. "But it doesn't mean I would not like going to the bullpen either and helping out the team in the pen as well."

Anthony Rizzo and Andy Parrino had RBI singles for the Padres, who earned their first sweep of three or more games in Denver since April 2001.

The reeling Rockies have dropped seven straight at home, their longest drought ever at Coors. The team lost nine in a row at home in their inaugural season of 1993 when they played at old Mile High Stadium.

Aaron Cook (3-10) settled down after a rough first inning in which he surrendered four runs. He tied a career high with eight strikeouts before being pulled after the fifth in what might have been his last start for the Rockies at home.

The sinkerball specialist has had a tough season in the final year of his contract.

And given the disappointing season by the Rockies -- a trendy pick to win the NL West in spring training -- the team could be looking to shake things up. Cook is the team's all-time leader in wins (72), innings pitched (1,312 1/3) and starts (206).

He said emotions didn't get the better of him on the mound. He actually was able to treat this like any another game.

"One thing I've tried to pride myself on over the years is to take emotion out of any pitch or any game," Cook said. "Just go out there and play like I did when I was a little kid."

Colorado had All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki back in the lineup after he missed a week with a sore left hip. He flied out twice before being pulled in the sixth inning.

That was part of Rockies manager Jim Tracy's plan. He didn't want to overwork Tulowitzki and risk further injury.

Same with first baseman Todd Helton (back) and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez (right wrist), who were held out of the lineup Wednesday. Tracy doesn't want to do anything that could jeopardize his star players with the Rockies out of the postseason picture.

"You want to be respectable as you possibly can as you go through the finish line of the season," Tracy said. "But the reality is, when you go to spring training of 2012, 30 teams are 0-0 and you start over again.

"What you don't want to do is do something foolish to win 72 versus 73 games and ruin a significant piece for a great portion of 2012 over that one extra win."

Bass made his major league debut in this stadium on June 13. Right after picking up his first win, he was sent back to Double-A San Antonio.

But Bass soon returned and has been solid in 24 relief appearances for the Padres. He was pitching well enough Wednesday to keep going but hasn't thrown more than 45 pitches in a game since mid July.

After allowing a walk to Chris Iannetta to start the sixth, Bass was lifted for reliever Ernesto Frieri, who gave up a single before retiring the side.

"The right decision," Bass said.

Heath Bell was summoned into the game in the ninth with runners on first and third and one out. He struck out pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton and Seth Smith to earn his 41st save in 46 chances.

Cook has been with the Rockies for the last 10 seasons. He started a game for Colorado in the 2007 World Series and another in the '09 postseason. He also pitched in the '08 All-Star Game.

"I hope it isn't his last start," Tulowitzki said. "He's meant so much to this organization."

Notes

  • Rockies RHP Alex White, who was acquired in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade with Cleveland, will throw Thursday in Houston against Henry Sosa.
  • Padres 1B Jesus Guzman was a late scratch due to a sore neck.
  • The Rockies finished 38-43 at home.
 
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Padres rookie Anthony Bass pitches five shutout innings to earn his second career win. (Getty Images)
Padres rookie Anthony Bass pitches five shutout innings to earn his second career win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Diego

A. Bass
IP 5.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 1
San Diego

A. Rizzo
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cameron Maybin, CF5110013 .266
Jeremy Hermida, RF4100132 .180
Chris Denorfia, LF4110000 .279
Chase Headley, 3B2001020 .291
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Cunningham, PH1000010 .171
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Luis Martinez, C2110200 .235
Alberto Gonzalez, SS-3B3011001 .218
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4021002 .138
Andy Parrino, 2B4011023 .184
Anthony Bass, P2000022 .000
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Bartlett, PH-SS2020000 .251
Totals33494311  
a-struck out for Gregerson in the 8th
b-singled for Frieri in the 7th
Batting
2B - Cameron Maybin (22, Cook)
SF - Chase Headley (3), Alberto Gonzalez (4)
RBI - Chase Headley (44), Alberto Gonzalez (31), Anthony Rizzo (9), Andy Parrino (3)
2-OUT RBI - Anthony Rizzo (5), Andy Parrino (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Bass-Parrino-Rizzo, Gonzalez-Parrino-Rizzo
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anthony Bass (W,2-0) 5200110 1.66
Ernesto Frieri 1100010 2.83
Luke Gregerson 1100000 2.82
Chad Qualls 1000000 3.24
Joe Thatcher 0.1200000 5.19
Heath Bell (S,41) 0.2000020 2.52
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Bass 52-34, Ernesto Frieri 19-13, Luke Gregerson 11-10, Chad Qualls 11-7, Joe Thatcher 9-8, Heath Bell 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Bass 7-6, Luke Gregerson 1-1, Chad Qualls 2-1
Batters Faced - Anthony Bass 17, Ernesto Frieri 4, Luke Gregerson 3, Chad Qualls 3, Joe Thatcher 3, Heath Bell 2
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF4020010 .240
Mark Ellis, 2B4000003 .245
Dexter Fowler, CF4020002 .268
Troy Tulowitzki, SS2000001 .302
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Nelson, PH1010000 .249
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .500
    Greg Reynolds, P0000000 .143
   b- Ty Wigginton, PH1000012 .245
Seth Smith, RF4000013 .280
Jordan Pacheco, 1B3010001 .288
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3000001 .218
Chris Iannetta, C2000100 .236
Aaron Cook, P1000000 .147
    Thomas Field, SS2000011 .214
Totals3106014  
a-singled for Lindstrom in the 7th
b-struck out for Reynolds in the 9th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (32, Bass)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (24, 2nd base off Frieri/Martinez), Chris Iannetta (6, 2nd base off Frieri/Martinez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Field-Ellis-Pacheco
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Cook (L,3-10) 5644280 6.03
Matt Reynolds 1000000 4.28
Matt Lindstrom 1100010 3.00
Matt Belisle 1000110 3.34
Greg Reynolds 1200010 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 78-50, Matt Reynolds 7-5, Matt Lindstrom 7-7, Matt Belisle 20-14, Greg Reynolds 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 3-4, Matt Reynolds 1-2, Matt Lindstrom 1-0, Matt Belisle 1-1, Greg Reynolds 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 23, Matt Reynolds 3, Matt Lindstrom 3, Matt Belisle 4, Greg Reynolds 5
Game Information
Attendance - 31457
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Doug Eddings