DENVER — Last night, Garrett Jones snapped a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning with an RBI double. That gave Jones 18 go-ahead RBI this season, which is tied for seventh in the NL (Ryan Howard and Adrian Gonzalez are the co-leaders with 21 apiece).
Jones smacked the double off left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Going back to last year, De La Rosa is holding lefty hitters to a .191 batting average. Jones has a career .220 average against southpaws, 80 points lower than his batting average against right-handers.
“He’s tough,” Jones said of De La Rosa. “He mixes splitters and sliders. I was just trying to take a nice, short, line-drive swing. He left a fastball over the plate and I got the good part of the bat on it.”
»»» Last night’s game was just the second time this year the Pirates began a road trip with a victory. A win tonight would give them back-to-back road Ws for the first time since May 14-15 at Chicago.
»»» Right-hander Derek Hankins was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis.
»»» Short-season Class A State College added left-hander Justin Ennis (from Low-A West Virginia) and infielder Andy Vasquez (from rookie-league Bradenton). Righty Teddy Fallon was promoted to West Virginia.
»»» Today, manager John Russell, an Oklahoma native, will meet with a team from Norman, Okla., which is in Denver to play in an American Youth Baseball Alliance tournament.
Lineups for tonight’s game:
Pirates (35-64) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Lastings Milledge rf, Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Erk Kratz c, 9. Ross Ohlendorf (1-8, 4.39) rhp
Rockies (51-49) – TBA Aaron Cook (4-6, 4.78) rhp