Bet­tis pitches long­est out­ing yet

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nick Groke Nick Groke: ngroke@den­ver­post.com or @nick­groke

Chad Bet­tis reached deeper wa­ters Thurs­day in his fifth mi­nor-league game com­ing back from can­cer. The 28-year-old right-han­der cer­tainly is fac­ing a test.

In a Triple-A start for the Al­bu­querque Iso­topes, Bet­tis pitched into the sixth in­ning at Round Rock, Texas, be­fore man­ager Gle­nallen Hill pulled him af­ter 84 pitches. It was his long­est out­ing to date.

His line was mixed, with eight hits against him for three earned runs (five to­tal). He struck out five bat­ters and walked three. Among his 84 pitches, 55 were strikes.

Bet­tis will prob­a­bly start again for the Rock­ies’ top farm club next week be­fore a likely re­turn to the Rock­ies ro­ta­tion.

In his come­back from tes­tic­u­lar can­cer, which twice set Bet­tis down this year, once for surgery then again for chemo­ther­apy, Bet­tis threw for the third time in Triple-A. Against the Texas Rangers’ af­fil­i­ate, he gave up a first-in­ning home run to Wil­lie Cal­houn, a prospect who was part of the Yu Darvish trade Mon­day from the Dodgers.

Bet­tis cruised through the se­cond in­ning be­fore Round Rock sent eight bat­ters to the plate in the third. Cal­houn tagged him for an­other hit, a run-scor­ing sin­gle that turned into an out at se­cond when he tried to stretch too far.

In three starts at Triple-A, Bet­tis has a 5.93 ERA over 13M in­nings.

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