Colorado Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa was working on the second no-hitter ever in Coors Field before San Diego Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia broke it up with a triple on a poorly-played flyball in the top of the 7th inning. Thankfully for Colorado fans, the Rockies still won, 3-1.
In one of De La Rosa's best games as a major-leaguer, the Mexican-born pitcher threw 89 pitches with five strikeouts in seven innings. Before giving up the hit, De La Rosa had faced the minimum number of batters, with only Carlos Quentin reaching base in the second inning on a walk. Quentin was then taken out on a fielders' choice, and the man left in his place, Cameron Maybin, was caught stealing to end the inning.
Although he threw three more strikeouts, De La Rosa was matched for most of the game by Padres pitcher Eric Stults, who pitched a solid six innings while scattering six hits and allowing one run. Considering how much offense has been generated in Coors Field so far this season -- Baseball Reference has Coors' park factor at an astonishing 117 -- both pitchers managing to perform so far above expectations would be remarkable by itself.
But, unlike most pitchers, the confines of Coors Field have been friendly to De La Rosa. According to Fangraphs, the 33-year-old posted a 2.76 ERA in Denver last season. And while he's been less successful this season, his home splits have still managed to be over a full run better than on the road.
It was also a crucial divisional game, even this early in the season. Both teams find themselves looking up at the division-leading San Francisco Giants, but the Rockies have ridden a dominant offense -- they are leading the league by 17 runs, with 233 so far this season -- to at least within striking range of the 27-15 squad.
The second no-hitter in Coors Field history would have been nice, though.