They had all their guys back. They had 4 days of rest. They had a gaping hole at the bottom of their rotation, but they were facing 3 teams with losing records in the middle of the summer at home. It was time to make a move, and 9 days later the Colorado Rockies need a win over the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at Coors Field to break-even over a 10-game home stretch before heading off to the Land of Dixie for what promises to be a challenging adventure on the road. Game-time is 2:10 pm MDT for the 50-55 Rockies, who now sit 6 games behind the surging Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
Jhoulys Chacin (9-5, 3.53) takes the mound for Colorado, one of four Rockies’ starting pitchers who’ve done their part with little support during the month of July. He’ll be opposed by right-hander Donovan Hand (0-2, 3.41), who has yet to face Colorado in his brief career. Hand has appeared in 16 games for Milwaukee, starting 4. He took the loss Tuesday in San Diego, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits in 4 innings of a 6-2 San Diego triumph. Chacin as usual is following a dismal performance by a Rockies No. 5 starter. He too lost on Tuesday, turning-in 7 innings versus Miami, surrendering 3 runs on 8 hits in a 4-2 Marlins win.
Carlos Gonzalez is out of the Colorado lineup for the third consecutive game, with Corey Dickerson getting the start in left and batting 2nd and DJ LeMahieu also getting a rest. Jonny Herrera is at 2nd-base and Yorvit Torrealba will catch Chacin. Jean Segura takes a breather for the Brew Crew. Everybody moves-up a slot and Jeff Bianchi hits 8th at shortstop.
It’s cool and damp for some reason in Denver this afternoon, and another shower is likely in the middle innings of today’s contest. The wind will blow out toward left-center at 6 MPH. Temperatures will hover around 70°. The game will be televised for fans unwilling to risk the weather, even for a $9.50 Coors Light. Drew Goodman and George Frazier will have the call with side-kick Marc Stout on ROoT. Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan have the radio on KOA 850 am.
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