5/22/2014 12:31 A.M. ET
Rockies support Hawkins' confidence as closer
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
DENVER -- The Rockies and LaTroy Hawkins disagree and aren't swayed, but from talk radio to social media, fans and observers have decided the Rockies need a new closer.
Hawkins converted his first 10 save chances, but some were nail-biters. He blew a save Sunday and gave up a double to the Giants' Tyler Colvin to break a tie Tuesday night. The Rockies won both games.
When you're closing at 41, however, you don't worry about whether those on the outside believe you're not dominant enough.
"If I cared what people say, I'd be gone a long time ago," Hawkins said. "I'm getting the job done more times than I don't. That's not being cocky, that's just my track record, I can tell you that. It's just not always going to be pretty. It's not always going to be easy."
Hawkins has given up 22 hits in 16 1/3 innings. The question is whether he puts the pitch in the right location at the right time. Through May 14, he gave up runs in three of his first 15 appearances. He has given up four runs in his last three.
"Some pitches have gotten elevated that have gotten him in trouble," manager Walt Weiss said. "But the velocity is the same, the action on the pitches is the same. Location is usually what it comes down to when a pitcher is struggling a little bit."
CarGo's swollen finger acts up again
DENVER -- Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez left Wednesday night's 5-1 loss to the Giants before the top of the eighth inning because of recurring inflammation of his left index finger, and his availability is day to day.
"The finger blew up on him again, so we'll take a look at him when he comes in the morning, but it's pretty swollen," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Gonzalez, who was 0-for-2 with a walk before leaving the game with a .276 batting average, originally incurred the injury May 1 when fouling off a pitch, on an at-bat that finished with a home run. He missed one game, but since then, he has kept the finger taped.
On Wednesday, Gonzalez said the swelling began after his first at-bat. After his third plate appearance, he could not continue. He underwent X-rays, which didn't reveal any breaks. The Rockies will check the finger when he arrives for Thursday's finale of the three-game series with the Giants.
"It's just a weird injury," Gonzalez said. "I wish I had an answer that will tell me what's happening. I didn't hit the ball bad at all. But it got big and swollen.
"When it's swelling, it's hard because I can't squeeze my hand. I lose everything. I can't bend my finger, can't get a grip, so it's really hard to hit."
The injury is to his throwing hand, and gripping the ball is difficult as well.
This season has been full of bumps for Gonzalez, who has been playing through on-again, off-again flare-ups of tendinitis in his left knee. Gonzalez has seven home runs and 29 RBIs.
This year's finger injury is not as debilitating as last year's, when he tore a ligament in his right middle finger. He was hitting .304 with 24 home runs and 63 RBIs when he incurred last season's injury on July 7. He batted .291 but had just two homers and seven RBIs the rest of the way, missed 26 games in August and September and didn't play after Aug. 16.
Rockies laugh off SF broadcaster's Tulo comments
DENVER -- Explaining Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's torrid hitting at Coors Field is difficult, but Mike Krukow, the Giants' analyst for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and NBC Bay Area television and KNBR radio, offered one: He's cheating.
"I swear he's getting signs," Krukow said on the KNBR morning show Tuesday, hours before the Rockies' 5-4 victory at Coors Field. "There is no way you can hit like that, for this long. I mean, if you hit .571, that's for a weekend or a week. But you don't do it for six weeks. That's insane."
Tulowitzki dropped to .522 in 19 home games after going 1-for-4 Tuesday. Tulowitzki smiled, shook his head and politely declined to comment on Krukow's words.
Before Wednesday's night's game, Krukow, a former Major League pitcher who brings his old competitiveness across in his broadcasts, attempted to clarify when asked by MLB.com.
"It is as if he's getting signs -- as if," Krukow said. "No pitchers are fooling him with anything.
"I am applauding his hard work. I don't think he is a Coors Field hitter. He's better. When I watch a game, I watch a hitter and I watch his back leg. It tells me what pitches he's on or not. His back leg never slides, doesn't matter what pitch. He's so locked in. It's like he knows what's coming."
When asked whether Tulowitzki was being fed inside info, Rockies manager Walt Weiss had fun with any and all possible dastardly acts the team could be pulling. He even invoked the mascot's name.
"My response is we do it all," Weiss said. "We've got a light bulb on the scoreboard we flash. Keep an eye on Dinger; he's involved. We switch out the balls. We've got the umpires in on it. I love it when other teams talk about that. I think it just feeds the beast."
Asked if he believed the Giants were the Rockies' chief accusers, Weiss said, "I'm not going to single anybody out, but in general I love when opposing teams start making those accusations."
Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, whose .279 batting average is lower than he and the team expects, rolled his eyes.
"I should be hitting .390, too," Gonzalez said. "I'm going to talk to him. I want the same guy to tell me what pitch is coming."