The Colorado Rockies stumbled out of Denver with a much needed win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, fully aware they’d face three left-handers in the weekend series in Phoenix, culminating with Patrick Corbin (9-1, 2.49) this afternoon at Chase Field, where they wrap things-up with the Arizona Diamondbacks at 2:10 pm MDT. They’re in dire need of another get-out-of-town win today, lest they slip out of contention with the All Star Break still on the horizon. Right-hander Roy Ozwalt (0-3, 7.88) has a chance to play up to the big expectations that accompanied him to Denver and stop the slide that’s dropped the Rockies 4-1/2 games behind the Division leading Dbacks.
Arizona won’t have to shuffle its rotation on Corbin’s behalf, as he’s in perfect position to lead the National League to the mound in 10 days at Citi Field in New York City, with the Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez backing him-up on defense. Corbin took his first 2013 loss on Tuesday against the Mets, when he failed to get an out in the 7th and left with a 5-0 deficit in a game the Dbacks eventually lost 9-1. Everything seems to be working the way it’s supposed to for Ozwalt, except those 93 MPH fastballs seem to keep getting driven into the gaps at 113. The Dodgers knocked him around for 5 runs in 5 innings of Clayton Kershaw’s shut-out, also on Tuesday. He gave up 9 hits and struck-out 5.
DJ LeMahieu and Wilin Rosario are back for the Rockies in Walt Weiss’ lineup, and the first-year skipper is sticking with Jaredean’s recommendation and leaving Jonny Herrera at shortstop. LeMahieu leads-off, Rosario hits 5th, and the Bean is in the 8-hole. Gerardo Parra will lead-off for Arizona against the right-hander. Eric Chavez is in at 3rd-base, Jason Kubel’s in left, and Cliff Pennington’s at short.
The Chase roof will be closed with game time temperature outside expected at around 108°. But it’ll be a dry heat, with 16% relative humidity. TV’s on ROoT, and KOA has the radio.
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