Rockies Notes 8/2

The Rockies started Wednesday with a front office shakeup, but not quite the one most fans were looking for. There was a game the Rockies were leading late until Matt Belisle surrendered a rare home run. There was also a play at the plate with questionable effort by Ramon Hernandez, who wouldn't go near the runner to make an easy tag. Another day, another loss, and now more Rockies notes.

--RHP Alex White will be recalled to start Thursday in the series finale against the Cardinals after allowing one run and eight hits in 15 innings in his past two starts for Class AAA Colorado Springs. The need for White arose because LHP Christian Friedrich had his next start pushed back to Sunday due to fatigue and lower back soreness. White last pitched for the Rockies on June 24. He made 10 starts for them, the first on May 8, and went 2-6 with a 6.45 ERA. White is 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 11 starts for Colorado Springs.

--1B/RF Tyler Colvin broke a string of 18 hitless at-bats with a single in the second inning, and he added triples in his next two at-bats. He had not had an extra-base hit since he doubled July 13. The two-triple game was the first of Colvin's career and the second for the Rockies this season, the other by Carlos Gonzalez on April 11 against the Giants.

--LF Carlos Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with a walk, ending his hitting streak at Coors Field at 29 games, one shy of the club record. Larry Walker hit safely in 30 consecutive home games in 2002.

--SS Josh Rutledge homered for the third straight game and had his fourth straight multi-hit game. He has multiple hits in 10 of his first 17 games in the big leagues and is batting .382 (26-for-68) with six doubles, two triples, four homers, 12 RBI and 11 runs.

--RHP Matt Belisle allowed one homer in his first 52 innings this season, to Pittsburgh's Clint Barmes on April 24 at PNC Park. He has allowed two homers in his past two outings -- to Cincinnati's Eric Ludwick on Saturday and a three-run shot to Matt Holliday that put the Cardinals ahead 6-5 and on their way to a 9-6 win Wednesday. "I just pride myself on preparing myself for big pitches in big situations. This one is extremely hard to swallow, and I take it completely on my shoulders for this loss," Belisle said after the game.

--The Rockies have lost seven straight home games, including all five on the current homestand, and they are 20-34 at home this season. They have lost eight of their past nine games and are 4-13 since the All-Star break.

--The Rockies were without three regulars in their lineup. 1B Todd Helton was out with flu-like symptoms. RF Michael Cuddyer was removed from Tuesday's game in the eighth inning with right oblique soreness, and he didn't play Wednesday. Manager Jim Tracy said trainer Keith Dugger didn't think Cuddyer's injury was serious and that Cuddyer might be back in a day or so. CF Dexter Fowler, who didn't play Tuesday due to flu-like symptoms, didn't start Wednesday, but he pinch-hit in the eighth and struck out against Mitchell Boggs.

--C Wil Nieves was activated from the disabled list and designated for assignment. He began a rehab assignment at Class AAA Colorado Springs last week after recovering from turf toe and agreed to stay there through the July 31 trade deadline to see if the Rockies traded C Ramon Hernandez. Nieves had hoped to remain in the Rockies organization and still might, but he is out of minor league options and hence was designated.

--The Rockies reorganized their front office hours before losing 9-6 to the Cardinals on Wednesday. Dan O'Dowd remains the general manager, but Bill Geivett, who had been a key adviser to O'Dowd with the title of senior vice president of scouting and player development and assistant general manager, will now focus solely on the major league team. He is now the senior vice president of major league operations. Geivett will have an office next to that of manager Jim Tracy at Coors Field. Because of his far-flung duties, Geivett said he had seen 18 Rockies games before Wednesday but said he would see them all until the end of the season.

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