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Old 05-30-2006, 06:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Rockies digging mound jewel

They keep coming, it seems, a new one every month, filling the season with surprise.

They are firsts that continue to provide eloquent explanation why the Rockies are no longer in last. They are refreshing, such as Ryan Spilborghs' initial big-league home run. They are strange - it's not every day players rub their hands with disinfectant before batting practice to avoid catching a flu that sidelined two coaches.

And they are significant, none more than Jason Jennings' first victory in 25 days, a dazzling Memorial Day two-hitter in the Rockies' 5-0 win over the San Diego Padres.

Jennings went five years between his first and second complete-game shutouts. He went four weeks between his second and third, a thrifty 119-pitch masterpiece.

"Sometimes you feel like you are in a zone and you can throw every pitch where you want to," said Jennings, 3-5 with a 4.54 ERA. "I felt like that tonight."

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