Hol­land shaves af­ter blown saves

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nick Groke Tony Dejak, The As­so­ci­ated Press

CLEVE­LAND» Greg Hol­land ar­rived in the Rock­ies’ vis­it­ing club­house Wed­nes­day with his eye­brows in place — but other hair miss­ing. Colorado’s closer shaved his head and beard af­ter a sting­ing loss the night be­fore.

“I usu­ally shave it once a year or so,” Hol­land said dur­ing turns on a Golden Tee video game ma­chine. “The first cou­ple days, it’s kind of dif­fer­ent.”

Hol­land on Tues­day night blew a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive save for the first time in his seven sea­sons when Yan Gomes hit a game-win­ning three-run homer in the ninth in­ning to give Cleve­land a 4-1 vic­tory. On Sun­day, Hol­land gave up two runs to the Phil­a­del­phia Phillies in their come­back 3-2 vic­tory at Coors Field.

Hol­land’s shorn new look, though, was not an ex­ten­sion of frus­tra­tion, he said. And he was not up­set with his for­mer hair­cut. Hol­land was up­set with a walk, the free pass he gave Bradley Zimmer that set up the big in­ning. The Rock­ies were poised, it seemed, for a 1-0 win against ace Corey Klu­ber.

“They all stink when you lose, es­pe­cially when it’s your fault,” Hol­land said. “I don’t think he ever swung. I’ve got to get ahead there and make him beat me.”

Colorado man­ager Bud Black re­called shav­ing his mus­tache af­ter a long day game in Min­nesota in 1988, never to see it again. But he would not of­fer Hol­land ad­vice about fo­cus.

“He’s the guy who needs that the least. He’s as men­tally tough as they come,” Black said. “We talked about some of his throw­ing me­chan­ics. We saw some­thing on video. But on the men­tal side? No way.”

Both the man­ager and closer dis­missed a re­cent cut to the knuckle of Hol­land’s fore­fin­ger as an is­sue. And his en­durance in a come­back sea­son af­ter Tommy John surgery re­mains in­tact, they both said. Black rested Hol­land on Wed­nes­day af­ter three ap­pear­ances in four days, but only out of rou­tine.

Tyler Chat­wood, in a rare re­lief ap­pear­ance, got the save for the Rock­ies. It was Chat­wood’s sec­ond ca­reer save.

“I was throw­ing the ball how I know I can,” said Chat­wood, who has strug­gled in the ro­ta­tion and was sent to the bullpen. “At that point, you just try to get three outs and not worry about be­ing out there for how­ever many in­nings.”

First-base is­sue.

Ger­ardo Parra, Colorado’s backup first base­man, took over the spot from Mark Reynolds in a pinch. Reynolds in­jured his left (glove) hand Tues­day night when he dived back to the bag to tag out a slid­ing Jose Ramirez.

“He sort of smashed his hand into the ground,” Black said. “I think he’s day to day. The grip strength wasn’t there.”

Reynolds said he can field fine, but clutch­ing a bat be­came dif­fi­cult when Black subbed him into the sev­enth in­ning. His hand was wrapped tight be­fore the team boarded a flight to Mi­ami on Wed­nes­day evening.

Bet­tis’ grades are high.

The Rock­ies re­ceived a glow­ing re­port on vet­eran starter Chad Bet­tis af­ter his re­hab start Tues­day night in New Or­leans with Triple-A Al­bu­querque. “The pitch­ing staff thought it was his best out­ing as far as him mak­ing pitches,” Black said. “He looked re­ally good.”

Bet­tis has thrown 23 in­nings in a mi­nor-league re­hab com­ing back from can­cer. And his next out­ing prob­a­bly will be with the Rock­ies on Mon­day at Coors Field against the At­lanta Braves, although Black said his staff is still dis­cussing that idea.

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