Peter Lambert was the only Colorado starter to not take the mound in San Diego. With the schedule, Lambert pitched the last game of the series against the Astros in Houston and will start the series for the Rockies on Monday at Coors Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Lambert’s 11th professional start was statistically his roughest one to date. The Astros lit the 22-year-old right-hander up for a season-high nine runs and seven hits in three innings of work. He also walked four while striking out just one.
While the outcome was anything but what Lambert and the Rockies wanted, there was also much talk about Lambert’s growth from the tough outing and the lessons learned from it.
Lambert was pulled from the game after facing four Astros in the top of the fourth. None of them got out, with two walks and two singles scoring a run and keeping the bases loaded.
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In San Diego, I asked Lambert about being pulled with the bases loaded. His answer showed his competitive side as he said he wished he had had a chance to push through a dire scenario.
"“I don’t ever want to stop pitching,” Lambert said. “Especially when it’s coming out of the game with bases loaded and nobody out. You know you’re the one who put the team in that situation. You want to try to bail everyone out so it’s tough to come out of a game like that.”"
There’s a lot of room for growth with Lambert and the Rockies are willing to take some lumps as he matures into a Major League pitcher. However, they like the fire and competitive nature that Lambert brings to the mound.
"“We talked about (Thursday) and a number of things, like pitch usage and certain scenarios in yesterday’s game,” Black told me in San Diego. “But more importantly, his answers back were great. Where Peter is and the perspective he has so far has been really solid for a young pitcher. That leads me to believe that the confidence hasn’t wavered. He believes in himself and his stuff.”"