Since rolling out the minor-leaguer on Thursday, the Colorado Rockies’ Juan Nicasio went head-to-head with Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw, and the offense scratched-out sufficient runs to defeat the left-hander. On Saturday Tyler Chatwood traded zeroes with Zach Greinke, but the former Cy Young Award winner had all the answers against Colorado’s lineup. This is the way it goes if you mean to compete, and today Los Angeles fires the newest weapon in its arsenal, the erstwhile Marlin Ricky Nolasco (6-8, 3.70) at the Rockies in the final game of the season’s first half, starting at 2:10 pm MDT at Dodger Stadium in LA. Jhoulys Chacin (8-4, 3.62) gets the call for the 45-50 visitors, who sit 5-1/2 games behind the West Division leading Arizona Diamondbacks. But until the Colorado squad can work its winning percentage back to a number that begins with “.5,” any suggestion involving the term “contender” is certainly a fraud.
Chacin, first among the Rockies’ “three No. 2’s” (props to Ed the Ump), suffered his first defeat in six appearances Tuesday in San Diego, where he lasted 6 innings and allowed but a run on 5 hits and 2 bases-on-balls. Nolasco, who hails from the San Diego area’s Corona, California, will be making his first home start since his acquisition. He started for the Dodgers in Arizona, also Tuesday, going 7 in LA’s defeat the Dbacks, giving up one run on 4 hits with 5 strike-outs.
Troy Tulowitzki returns to the Colorado lineup in the clean-up spot, as manager Walt Weiss goes with all of his big guns. Big Money Michael Cuddyer is in in right and Todd Helton is at 1st. Los Angeles’ Yasiel Puig remains out for Don Mattingly’s group. Skip Schumaker is in right and Scott Van Slyke gets the start in left, with Nick Punto on at 2nd for Mark Ellis.
LA weather features partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 80°s and 47% humidity. The wind has shifted around slightly to the south and will blow-out toward right-center at 6 to 7 MPH. ROot Sports is back with the TV, and radio’s on KOA 850 am.
IN GAME CHAT
[quick-chat room=”roxDogs071413″ height=”600″]