Colorado Rockies’ right-hander Juan Nicasio matched-up with left-handed Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on July 12 and shut-out LA over 7 innings. The next day Tyler Chatwood had it tough, surrendering one run in a complete game loss to Zach Greinke. A week ago Jhoulys Chacin bested Ricky Nolasco, allowing one run pitching 6. Back from the break on Friday it was Jorge De La Rosa giving up one in 6. And yesterday there was Nicasio again, lurching his way through 5 but escaping with only one against his card. The Rockies’ big wild card, the starting pitching, has been all they could hope for the past week, and Tyler Chatwood (5-3, 2.56) will be looking to extend the trend this afternoon in the rubber game of a 3-game series with the Chicago Cubs, commencing at 2:10 pm MDT at Coors Field in Denver. With the Colorado offense emerging from its mid-season nap on Saturday, the big push Rockies’ fans have been anticipating appears to be upon us. Now there IS the dicey matter of the opener against Miami tomorrow, when Drew Pomeranz is scheduled to start. Armando Gallaraga, fresh-off shutting-out the Toledo Mud Hens for 6 innings on June 10, is penciled-in for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox tonight at Tucson.
The righty Chatwood turned-in 8 against the Dodgers on July 13. A Skip Schumaker double and two ground-ball outs in the 1st inning did him-in with Greinke untouchable. He surrendered 4 hits, walked 2, and struck-out 4. He’ll face Chicago right-hander Edwin Jackson (6-10, 5.11), who’s going for his fourth straight victory. Jackson beat the St Louis Cardinals on July 11, shutting them out on 3 hits over 7 innings.
Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss has done some major tinkering with today’s batting order. Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are swapped in the 3 and 4 slots. Charlie Blackmon wil hit 2nd in right-field and Big Money Michael Cuddyer moves to 1st base. Yorvit Torrealba will catch Chatwood and Jonny Herrera hits 8th at 2nd-base. The Cubs are fielding the group from Saturday night.
SPF 60 weather is predicted at the old ball park this afternoon with pleasant temperatures in the high 80°s. The wind that played hell in the middle innings of Saturday’s Colorado victory has reverted to normalcy. It’ll blow straight-in at 6 MPH. George, Drew and Marc Stout will have the call again on ROoT with Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan over on KOA 850 am.
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