Shut-out and embarrassed with a short bench Saturday night, the Colorado Rockies still have a chance to leave Los Angeles with a season-split with the Dodgers in a 2:10 contest this afternoon at Dodger Stadium. The Rockies will send recovering left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 9.45) to the mound to face LA righty Josh Beckett (1-3, 3.16), he of the August 25 blockbuster trade that also brought Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto, and Carl Crawford to Los Angeles.
De La Rosa has not exactly “gone all Kris Medlen” [the Braves are seeking a major-league record 23rd consecutive win in a Medlen start this afternoon– it’s 3-0 Atlanta top of 3] since returning from Tommy John surgery. He’s surrendered 7 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings of two starts. Beckett went 5-11 with a 5.23 ERA for Boston prior to the big trade. He was defeated 2-1 Tuesday by the Padres. He allowed one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up 5 hits, walked 2, and struck-out 7.
The rumors Colorado would start Rafael Betancourt in center, Guillermo Moscoso at catcher and lefty Rex Brothers at 3rd base have proved to be unfounded. In fact Jose Ortega has been called-up and will be in center, batting 2nd. Jordan Pacheco will catch and Chris Nelson is at 3rd. LA has Mark Ellis back in at 2nd base, leading-off. Left-fielder Shane Victorino is up to 2nd, and Andre Ethier moves down to the 7-hole.
It’s a hot one at Chavez Ravine this afternoon, 92° under clear skies. There’s 10% humidity and wind will blow out to left at 5 mph. There’s television coverage this afternoon for a change, on ROOT Sports. KOA 850 am has the radio broadcast.
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