The Arizona Diamondbacks suit-up for game 161 dead-even, 80-80. One Colorado Rockies win tonight or tomorrow leaves the Snakes 81-81; Colorado victories tonight AND tomorrow make the Dbacks losers. The Rockies will send right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (3-5, 4.78) to the mound to put-on the hurt in a 7:40 start at Chase Field in Phoenix. Arizona will counter with lefty Patrick Corbin (6-8, 4.77) in a rematch of the August 22 contest the Diamondbacks won 8-7 on the strength of a 5-run sixth at the expense of Colorado’s Carlos Torres. Corbin has been struggling, lasting only three in that start and his last. On Thursday he fell to the Giants, allowing 6 earned runs on 7 hits. Chacin aims to close-out 2012 on a positive note. He has a 3.23 ERA in eight starts since returning from the Disabled List, but has labored under high pitch counts, making it more than five innings just twice.
Josh Rutledge gets a start at 2nd-base for the Rockies tonight, with Jonny Herrera at shortstop. DJ LeMahieu gets a try at 3rd, hitting 6th. Kirk Gibson has Jason Kubel in left-field, hitting 6th for Arizona. Gerardo Parra moves over to center-field, leading-off.
It’s still summer in the desert, 93° at game-time, with a cross-wind of 6 mph blowing from 3rd base to the right-field corner. It’ll be clear with 10% relative humidity. The Colorado broadcasters are pushing hard toward the finish. The ROOT crew has the TV; radio’s KOA 850 am.
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