Rockies P Eddie Butler (Chesapeake) got his first major league win last September, after a disastrous debut followed by a trip to the DL. He came back in time to get two starts in September when the rosters expand, winning one, pitching well enough to get a spot in the Rockies rotation for 2015.
Monday night, he delivered in a big way with his best game to date.
Butler spoiled the home opener of the defending World Champion Giants, pitching 5 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing 5 hits but walking 6, to help the Rockies win, 2-0.
After two starts so far in 2015, Butler has posted a 1.64 ERA.
Much better this time around!
That is probably the best way to describe the second major league start for Rockies RHP Eddie Butler (Chesapeake).
In his debut in June, Butler was slammed for 6 runs in a loss to the Dodgers. Since then, he has been on the DL with shoulder inflammation and then returned to the minors to work on some things. Rockies coaching told him to attack the strike zone, and yesterday, Butler delivered.
Pitching against the Diamondbacks, Butler threw 6 innings and allowed only a solo HR for the only run, on 5 hits. He faced 22 batters total, and 53 of his 81 pitches were strikes. The bullpen then took over, and the Chesapeake native had his first major league win, a 5-1 Rockies victory.
The Colorado Rockies are not in the playoff picture for 2014, and are in a rebuilding mode now. And for tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, they are going to get another look at P Eddie Butler (Chesapeake).
Butler, you might recall, pitched for the Rockies in his major league debut on June 6 vs. the Dodgers, and it was, to put it mildly, a disaster. He gave up 6 runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. To make matters worse, the young righty was placed on the DL the very next day with shoulder inflammation and did not throw a baseball again until over a month later, when he started to get back into the routine with Double-A Tulsa. In 20 minor league starts this season, he went 6-10 with a 3.99 ERA.
Manager Walt Weiss says he thought Butler pitched better than his line showed last time he was with the Rockies. Pitching coach Jim Wright has advised Butler to do three things this time around-attack, attack, attack. Attack the strike zone.
“I just have to attack hitters more,” Butler said, echoing Wright’s refrain. “I think I did all right the last time here, but I didn’t throw enough quality strikes. And I gave up six runs, so you know that’s not good enough.”
6 runs, definitely not good enough. The Rockies believe in this young man. Manager Walt Weiss, Pitching coach Jim Wright, Double-A pitching coach Darryl Scott, who worked with him down at Tulsa, all believe in him.
Eddie Butler will get his second chance tonight.
P Eddie Butler (Chesapeake) slowly working his way back for the Rockies.
Michael Cuddyer (Chesapeake) is back on the DL as is fellow Chesapeake native and fellow Colorado Rockie P Eddie Butler.
Yet another ballplayer from the athletic hotbed of Hampton Roads is about to make his major league debut. The Colorado Rockies have called up prized pitching prospect Eddie Butler (Chesapeake) from Double-A Tulsa, and he will start Friday night against the Dodgers.
Butler is 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 11 starts with the Drillers this year.