--The Rockies went 2-5 against the Diamondbacks and Cardinals on a homestand that ended Sunday, leaving them 13-15 at Coors Field. On May 9, the Rockies began a stretch where they had 15 of 20 home games. They went 6-9 in those home games and now begin a nine-game road trip to Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
--The Rockies are 1-4 at home and 6-12 overall in one-run games. They have lost six straight one-run games and 11 of their past 12. Colorado is 8-19 in May.
--The Rockies are 1-6 in rubber games. They last won a series of more than two games when they took of three from the Cubs on April 15-17. The Rockies have lost three consecutive series and eight of their past 10, the exceptions being a split of a two-game series at Philadelphia on May 18-19 and a two-game sweep of the Giants on May 18-19.
--RHP Aaron Cook threw 99 pitches in 7 2/3 innings Saturday for Class AAA Colorado Springs in his fourth and final rehab start after three with Class AA Tulsa. Cook is expected to make his 2011 big-league debut Friday and start at San Francisco. He has been sidelined due to right shoulder inflammation and a broken right ring finger.
--RHP Juan Nicasio on Saturday became the first Rockies pitcher to earn a win in his major league debut since Alberto Arias won in relief on May 1, 2007, against the Giants. Nicasio is the first Rockies starting pitcher to earn a win in his major league debut since Chin-hui Tsao did it on July 25, 2003, against the Brewers.
--RF Seth Smith has not started the past three games, but he pinch-hit in the ninth inning Sunday and struck out. It was his first appearance since he left a game May 26 in the seventh inning due to left groin tightness.
--According to the Elias Sports Bureau, when RF Ryan Spilborghs and C Chris Iannetta, the seventh and eighth hitters, combined to drive in 10 runs Saturday, it was the first time since Sept. 28, 2006, that a National League team had 10 or more RBI from its starters in the seventh and eighth spots in the order. On that day, 3B Wilson Betemit had three RBI and 1B James Loney had nine for the Dodgers at Coors Field.
--Sunday was the second anniversary of Jim Tracy being hired to replace Clint Hurdle as the Rockies' manager. Under Tracy, the Rockies have gone 182-148 (.552).
BY THE NUMBERS
538 -- Doubles for 1B Todd Helton, including 11 this season, putting him one behind Hall of Famer Al Simmons (539), who is in 29th place all-time. Hall of Famers Joe Medwick and Dave Winfield (540) are tied for 27th.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We gave him some early runs, seven in three innings, and he kept pounding with the fastball. His poise and everything else were off the charts for a kid making his major league debut." -- Manager Jim Tracy, on RHP Juan Nicasio, who beat the Cardinals on Saturday. Nicasio, 24, allowed one unearned run on six hits in seven innings, and the Rockies romped to a 15-4 win.
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