07/25/07 10:18 PM ET
Cook, Holliday lead Rockies to victory
Pitcher sets club record for fewest pitches in complete game
By C.J. Moore / MLB.com
|Right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook threw 74 pitches and posted a complete game Wednesday afternoon in the Rockies' 10-2 victory over the Padres. It was:|
| Tied for the fewest in the Majors since the Elias Sports Bureau began tracking pitch counts in 2000. The Twins' Carlos Silva threw 74 in a nine-inning complete-game win over the Brewers on May 20, 2005.|
| The fewest pitches in a nine-inning complete game in the Majors this season, besting the 91 that the Reds' Matt Belisle threw on April 28 against the Pirates.|
| The fewest in a nine-inning complete game in Rockies history. Josh Fogg threw 91 while facing the minimum 27 batters in a 2-0 victory over the Mariners last June 30.|
| The fewest in a complete game of any kind in club history. Those include weather-shortened games and the 88 that Darren Oliver threw during an eight-inning complete-game road loss against the Dodgers on Aug. 31, 2003.|
| The record is believed to be held by the Boston Braves' Red Barrett, who threw 58 in a 2-0 win over the Reds on Aug. 10, 1944.|
But the day belonged to Padre-killer Cook, whose eight victories over San Diego are his most against any opponent. He's had 10 straight quality starts against the Padres. In seven starts against them at Coors Field, he's 5-0 with a 2.01 ERA."When I sit down and go to the scouting report, it's not even like I'm reading it, because I already know my game plan against them," Cook said. "Once you face somebody that many times, they know you, you know them, so it's just a matter of making quality pitches when it counts." Since the Rockies started their National League-best 33-23 run May 22, they've teetered five to six games back from the Padres and Dodgers -- the closest being June 21 when they were 3 1/2 back. Thanks to Cook, the Rockies are 3 1/2 back of the second-place Padres and were five games back of the first-place Dodgers, who played Wednesday night. The Dodgers arrive Thursday night to open a four-game series with the Rockies. Cook won't pitch against the Dodgers, but someone jokingly asked Hurdle on Wednesday afternoon if Cook would be available Thursday out of the bullpen. The answer, of course, was no. Cook deserves a day off.
C.J. Moore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.