Numbers are starting to add up for Gonzalez

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--LF Carlos Gonzalez has scored a run and hit safely in six consecutive games, the duration of the current homestand, and driven in a run in five of the last six. In the six games, Gonzalez is 11-for-23 (.478) with five home runs, 14 RBI and nine runs scored and has raised his average to a season-high .310. "When my hands feel good, I feel like I can hit any pitch," said Gonzalez, who hit a home run on a fastball and another a slider Wednesday from LHP Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL Cy Young winner. "It doesn't matter what pitch they throw me. When I'm trusting my hands and I swing at balls in the strike zone, I can hit like this."

--LHP Jorge De La Rosa, who underwent Tommy John surgery June 3, made his first rehab start at high Class A Modesto. He was hit with a line drive on the right wrist in the third inning, which cut the outing short by about 20 pitches. De La Rosa had been scheduled to throw five innings or 65 pitches. He threw 44 pitches, 28 strikes, and topped out at 94 mph. De La Rosa stayed in after getting hit and finished the inning. He allowed two hits with one walk and four strikeouts in three scoreless innings and threw 20 pitches in the bullpen after leaving the game. He's scheduled to make his next start at Modesto on Monday.

--The Rockies probably will add a reliever to the roster for the weekend series with the Braves, having optioned RHP Jhoulys Chacin to Triple-A Colorado Springs late Wednesday. RHP Zach Putnam is a leading candidate. He was added to the roster for a traditional doubleheader April 25 at Pittsburgh and pitched one scoreless inning. He's 1-1 with four saves and a 0.96 ERA in seven games for Colorado Springs.

--With a day off Thursday, the Rockies can bring LHP Drew Pomeranz back on Monday at San Diego on regular rest. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (right shoulder sprain) is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday and start, but will only do so if the soreness in his AC joint has subsided. RHP Alex White is a likely candidate to replace Guthrie. White pitched Tuesday for Colorado Springs and could be held out of his scheduled start Sunday against Fresno, pending Guthrie's situation. White, who made seven late-season starts for the Rockies last year, ptiched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and threw 86 pitches on April 20 and gave up two runs in six innings on April 26 while throwing 87 pitches. Tuesday, White was less effective, throwing 86 pitches and giving up three runs in 4 2/3 innings.

--RHP Tyler Chatwood started Wednesday for Colorado Springs but came out after 2 1/3 innings (two runs, one earned and 54 pitches) because of triceps soreness, ending any chance of pitching for the Rockies next week.

--LHP Christian Friedrich returned Sunday for Colorado Springs after missing two starts because of right hamstring soreness. He is scheduled to start Friday against Fresno.

--RHP Guillermo Moscoso, who replaced RHP Jeremy Guthrie, remains in the rotation for the time being. He is scheduled to start Friday against the Braves and will have to do better than he did in his initial outing (nine hits and six runs in five innings) to merit another start if Guthrie can't pitch Tuesday.

--RF Michael Cuddyer hasn't had a two-hit game since April 17. He had five multi-hit games in his first 11 with the Rockies (three two-hit games and two three-hit games). He's 4-for-19 (.211) on the current homestand with one double, one RBI, six runs and six strikeouts. Cuddyer's average has dipped to a season-low .282.

BY THE NUMBERS
47 -- Runs scored by the Rockies in the seventh inning or later, including six of their eight runs in Wednesday's 8-5 victory over the Dodgers. The Rockies have scored 127 runs, so 37 percent have come in the seventh or later.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"This is what keeps me coming back, these moments. It's exciting to come up in that situation. And it's exciting to have it happen. It's not very often that you get to do it, and it makes it all worth it. It's what I'm here for, to try to get those big hits." -- Jason Giambi, on his pinch-hit, three-run walk-off home run that gave the Rockies an 8-5 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

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