The Colorado Rockies took a 6 run lead into the 4th inning Thursday night only to see it vaporize into an 8-6 loss. They went-up 10-5 in the 6th on Friday and hung-on for a 10-9 victory as the San Francisco Giants tagged-on 4 over their final 3 at-bats. Late spring has arrived in Colorado, the pitches are flattening-out, the line-drives have a little extra zip, and the fly balls are carrying. So far it doesn’t appear the Rockies’ notorious humidor is going to be any more effective in 2013 than it was in 2012.
Colorado and San Fran will duke it-out again this evening, 6:10 MDT at Coors Field in Denver. Tyler Chatwood (1-0, 3.00) will rejoin to the major league club and start for Colorado. Rob Scahill returns to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to make room for the right-hander. Chatwood delivered a complete game shut-out upon his demotion to the Sox on May 7. He didn’t fare so well last Sunday, lasting only 5 innings versus the Omaha Stormchasers, surrendering 7 runs on 7 hits. Chatwood will face Tim Lincecum (3-2, 4.07). The former two-time Cy Young Award winner shut-down Atlanta on Sunday, turning in 7-complete without allowing a run on 2 hits. He walked 3 and struck-out 7.
The Giants will have Brandon Belt back in their lineup at 1st base, hitting 6th. He’ll be followed by Gregor Blanco, who’ll be in left-field. Rockies fans will be spared Eric Young Jr’s right-field butchery, at least early, with Charlie Blackmon inserted, hitting 8th. Josh Rutledge returns to the 2-hole at 2nd-base.
It’ll be cloudy and cooling rapidly over at the old ballpark tonight, 68° at game time. A brisk wind will blow from left-to-right and in a 10 MPH. Colorado television viewers are hoping for respite from the ridiculous “Fan Friday” that was imposed by RoOt Sports Friday in an absolutely horrible telecast exacerbated by the 3 hour 48 minute contest. Jack’s back with Jerry on 850 KOA am.
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