Greenville's Alex White Made His Season Debut Tuesday

Will Venable tripled and scored in the first, then doubled in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning to back 37-year-old Jeff Suppan and lead the San Diego Padres to a 3-1 win against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

The Rockies lost their fifth straight.

Suppan (2-0), settled down after the first inning, when he allowed two hits and two walks but gave up only one run. He has won both of his starts since being called up from Triple-A Tucson after lefty Cory Luebke went on the disabled list with a strained elbow.

Suppan contributed to the go-ahead run when he sacrificed Jason Bartlett, who drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. Venable then followed with a double to left to give the Padres a 2-1 lead against Alex White, (0-1), who was making his season debut. Orlando Hudson added an RBI triple in the eighth.

Suppan held Colorado to one run and four hits in five innings, walked two and struck out one.

Dale Thayer pitched the ninth for his second save in as many nights. He allowed two singles, giving the Rockies runners on first and third with one out, before Jordan Pacheco's single hit Marco Scutaro for the second out. Thayer struck out Carlos Gonzalez to end it.

Pacheco doubled to center with one out in the first. Gonzalez walked before Troy Tulowitzki forced Pacheco at third. Todd Helton singled in Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer walked to load the bases. Suppan got Ramon Hernandez to fly out to right to end the threat.

Venable tripled to left to open the first and scored on Yonder Alonso's two-out single.

With two starters on the disabled list, the Rockies called up White and left-hander Christian Friedrich to get them through this three-game series. White was one of four pitchers acquired from Cleveland for Ubaldo Jimenez on July 31.

White allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out five and walked two.


Alex White will make his season debut tonight as the Colorado Rockies continue a three game series in San Diego.

The Greenville native was recalled from the minors Tuesday morning.

White went 2-4 with an 8.42 ERA in seven starts for the Rockies last season after being acquired in a five-player deal that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland on July 31.

"It's just a good opportunity," he told the team's website. "I want to pitch well and be able to finish strong."

White appears to have gained consistency on his sinker and developed a slider. He was 1-2 with a 2.92 ERA, 21 strikeouts and eight walks for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

Tonight's game is set for 10:05pm.


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