04/19/12 1:35 AM ET
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By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Herrera's play justifies Tracy's move
DENVER -- Rockies utility infielder Jonathan Herrera hit an opposite-field home run and doubled Wednesday in his third start of the season, an 8-4 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night.Manager Jim Tracy started Herrera at second base because Marco Scutaro moved to shortstop in place of Troy Tulowitzki, who sat for the first time this season and is slumping with a .244 batting average and six errors. Tracy often takes criticism for starting reserves. Usually, the issue comes to light on Sundays, when the Rockies have struggled on that day since the start of last season. However, Tracy doesn't apologize for the occasional start for players who usually enter late in games, and Herrera is part of that crew. Tracy took heavy criticism for sitting Scutaro, Dexter Fowler, Todd Helton and Carlos Gonzalez (who was out with strep throat) on Sunday in a loss to the D-backs. But it wasn't the fault of Herrera, who went 3-for-4 and scored a run. Herrera followed up with a big night Wednesday. "You hear so much about, 'Why are you resting this guy or that guy?'" Tracy said. "We're not just putting another player in the lineup. We're putting a very good player out there. If you get him some time, whether it's coming off the bench or picking a guy up to give a guy a break. He's had five hits the last two games that he's played. That's a guy you're not the least bit hesitant about penciling into the lineup."
First baseman Todd Helton doubled off Padres pitcher Clayton Richard in the third inning of Wednesday night's 8-4 victory over the Padres to improve his career total to 558, 24th on the all-time list.Helton has two doubles more than the Angels' Bobby Abreu, and is two behind Hall of Famer Eddie Murray and Jeff Kent, tied at 560. Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario went 2-for-4 with a double Wednesday night, and had a double and a sacrifice fly in Tuesday night's 5-3 victory over the Padres. The rookie has started the past two games because Ramon Hernandez suffered a left hand injury on Monday night. Manager Jim Tracy expects to start Hernandez on Friday in Milwaukee. Right-handed relief pitcher Edgmer Escalona was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday after he went 2-0 with two saves in five scoreless innings. Escalona, who had made brief appearances with the Rockies the previous two seasons, said he did not intend to be in Colorado Springs for long. "When they sent me down, I was sad, but they said, 'You've got to work,' and that's what I was doing," Escalona said. "I had my best year last year, but when they sent me down, I said, 'Wow.' But I told them, 'I'll go to Colorado Springs and do my work, and you'll call me soon.'"
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.