Former Alabama Stand Out Impresses in Debut

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email
Former Alabama standout Josh Rutledge makes memorable debut with Colorado Rockies.

After scoring the winning run, the Colorado Rockies' Dexter Fowler, center, runs with teammates Ubaldo Jimenez, left, and Ryan Spilborghs, right, to celebrate with Carlos Gonzalez, who drove in Fowler, in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves late Wednesday night.

Josh Rutledge's made a memorable major league debut last night with the Colorado Rockies.

The former Alabama star started at shortstop and batted eighth in a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Denver.

He delivered an RBI double in his first at-bat and finished 2 for 2 with two runs batted in.

He singled in his second at-bat, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, walked and stole a base.

Rutledge, 24, was called up from the Class Double-A Tulsa (Okla.) Drillers when the Rockies placed first baseman Todd Helton on the disabled list because of a hip injury.

At Tulsa, where he had been playing shortstop and second base, Rutledge was hitting .306 with 13 home runs and 35 RBI.

Rutledge started three years for Alabama, then was selected by the Rockies in the third round of the 2010 draft.

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