06/20/10 2:59 PM ET
Other Rox following Jimenez into groove
By Joey Nowak / MLB.com
The friendly rivalry between Rockies starting pitchers was taken to yet another level Saturday night when Jeff Francis went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs for his third straight quality start.
It's become a pattern -- Francis following Jason Hammel (25 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings), who follows Ubaldo Jimenez (13-1, 1.15). Saturday marked the second consecutive time the Rockies have won three in a row during the trio's trip through the rotation.
"It's nice to be mentioned with Ubaldo," Hammel said. "His stuff's a little better than mine, but it just goes to show you anybody can do it. As long as we're winning, it's nice."
Aaron Cook (2-0, 2.62 at home) took the hill for the Rockies on Sunday, who have the fourth-best team ERA (3.61) in the National League, doing so at a ballpark people don't think is conducive to pitching.
"They're doing it in a place where a lot of people think you can't do that," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Well yes, you can, and yes, we have."
All-Star voting now exclusively online
DENVER -- Sunday marked the last day at Coors Field for fans to vote their favorite Rockies into the 2010 All-Star Game as balloting moved exclusively online.
The Rockies have a number of legitimate candidates for the July 13 Midsummer Classic in Anaheim. Catcher Miguel Olivo entered Sunday leading the National League with 16 attempted basestealers thrown out and ranked third among NL catchers in homers (nine) and average (.302) and second in RBIs (30).
Center fielder Carlos Gonzalez has been nursing a sore left knee but entered Sunday batting .304 in his past 46 at-bats with two homers. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, on the 15-day disabled list with a broken wrist, is batting .306 with nine homers and 34 RBIs.
Fans can also cast their vote for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com or the teams' websites with the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 9:59 p.m. MT.
The starting rosters will be announced July 4 during the All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS. Fans will then be able to vote for the final player on each team with the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote, also sponsored by Sprint.
Street could be activated Tuesday
DENVER -- As it turns out, closer Huston Street's last rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs may have been better for his velocity than his rapport with umpires.
Street, who allowed three hits and three runs in 1 1/3 innings on Saturday, was ejected from the 7-2 loss to the Las Vegas 51s after he logged his scheduled four outs.
"I felt like the guy behind the plate had an off-night for both teams," Street said. "But that's part of the game. When you're out there, you can't let it affect you. I'm not going to sit out there and argue while I'm on the mound.
"But if I'm stating my case without using profanity, sometimes that's just part of the game. You're men and you argue. It's part of the game."
Manager Jim Tracy joked about Street's ejection Saturday before Sunday's game but said the decision to re-activate Street, who has not pitched for the Rockies since the playoffs last year, won't come until Tuesday.
"Health-wise, completely healthy," Street said. "Velocity wise, 90-93 [mph]. Slider, there. Changeup, there. It's not obviously the way you want to finish, but in a weird way, I felt like I executed."
Rockies' Herrera earns another start
DENVER -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy has nothing against Jonathan Herrera, but he didn't want to have a particular conversation with the second baseman Sunday.
With the talk of starting rookie Chris Nelson in the infield this weekend, there was the possibility that Herrera would be bumped out of the starting lineup after registering a career-high four hits on Saturday night in Colorado's 8-7 win over the Brewers.
Tracy was not about to have that confrontation.
"If a guy's got four hits and he walks in here the following day and his name's not on the lineup card, he would more than likely be my first visitor today," Tracy said with a smile. "I really didn't want to have that visit, so I decided to put Herrera back up there."
Herrera hit in the leadoff spot Sunday, meaning Nelson will have to wait at least another game to get his first big league start. With the four hits, a run and an RBI Saturday, Herrera boosted his average from .130 to .250.
"I've been getting better," Herrera said. "I know that sooner or later, I'm going to get some hits, score some runs and put some pressure on other teams, so I just never gave up. [Saturday], it happened at the right time."
Joey Nowak is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.