Fastball, curveball, changeup. Sometimes it doesn't get any more complicated than that. Jeff Francis was magnificent last night, allowing two hits and only one hard-hit ball (to Albert Pujols), striking out eight and walking none. Francis threw mostly fastballs (home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi was very generous with the outside corner all night) but had his curveball really moving and threw a few good changes, especially to righthanders.
Francis's game score for the complete-game shutout was 91. That's the highest in the National League so far this year. With Jason Jennings' shutout against the Padres in May, the Rockies have two of the top ten starting pitching performances of 2006. So how about that?