Friedrich’s strong debut leads Rockies to win

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SAN DIEGO (MLB) — Can’t take your eye off Rockies left-hander Christian Friedrich. He works so quickly that a few seconds daydreaming may cost you a couple pitches. A bathroom break could make you miss an inning.

The way Friedrich pitched in his Major League debut Wednesday afternoon, Rockies fans will want to watch his every move. He struck out seven in six innings of a 6-2 victory over the Padres at Petco Park in front of 20,059, as the Rockies stopped their losing streak at five games.

This time, the Rockies took advantage of strong work from their starter. Friedrich gave up two runs, one earned, a day after Alex White held the Padres to two runs in 6 1/3 innings of a 3-2 loss. Both hurlers were called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier this week.

In avoiding being swept in a three-game set, and in preventing the Padres from completing their first sweep of the season, the Rockies got odd run-scoring doubles from Jason Giambi (for one run in the fourth) and Wilin Rosario (two runs in the sixth). In both cases, the ball hit the extreme top of the outfield fence, and umpires went to replay to see if they were actually home runs. READ MORE>>>