Padres in for Three

The Colorado Rockies host the Division rival San Diego Padres tonight at 6:40 MDT at Coors Field in the opener of a 3-game set that winds-up a 7-game homestand heading into the final three weeks of the 2014 season.  The Rockies split 4 with the San Francisco Giants earlier in the week, including the make-up of the May 22 suspended game, and would like to take at least 2 from San Diego to get back into a winning mode as the campaign winds to a close.

Rookie Tyler Matzek heads back to the hill for Colorado, coming-off what was perhaps his best start to-date last Sunday in Phoenix, when he defeated the Diamondbacks,  shutting them out over 7 innings on 3 hits with 4 strike-outs.  Matzek walked 3.  The left-hander will match-up against fellow lefty Eric Stults, a Rockies’ nemesis who generally soft-tosses the Rockies into a zombie trance.  Stults’ last outing at Coors Field was July 9, when he surrendered 3 runs in 5 innings of a 6-3 Colorado victory.  Stults lost to the Dodgers Sunday in San Diego, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings, but he walked 5 while striking-out 4.

Stults will work with an evolving Padres’ lineup behind him.  Abraham Almonte leads-off in left-field, Yangervis Solarte hits 3rd at 3rd-base, and Rymer Liriano will be in right-field, hitting in front of the pitcher.  Colorado is going with a fairly standard look, Justin Morneau, Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson in the power slots, and Mike McKenry behind the plate to handle Matzek.

It’s a dreary day in Denver, and rain is a 50-50 proposition at the ballpark during the course of the game. It’s relatively humid for the Mile High City, ranging in the vicinity of 65%, and the wind will blow in from right-center at a brisk 8 to 11 MPH.  TV’s on ROoT, let’s guess it’s Grandpa George along with Drew Goodman.  Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan have the radio on 850 KOA.

SAN DIEGO (66-73)
Abraham Almonte (S) LF
Alexi Amarista (L) SS
Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B
Rene Rivera (R) C
Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
Tommy Medica (R) 1B
Cameron Maybin (R) CF
Rymer Liriano (R) RF
Eric Stults (L) P
COLORADO (56-84)
Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Michael McKenry (R) C
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Tyler Matzek (L) P

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Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Yeah, it’s the Padres, but hey, it’s also Coors Field … Matzek is dominating!

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

We’ve waited a long, long time for that performance. Congrats to Tyler!

Gary
Gary
6 years ago

Gives us three for rotation next year.Looked a lot like JDLR at Coors! Slider was a wipe out pitch tonight.Glad he got chance for complete game and really showed guts to get shut out after lead off double in ninth.

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Great game (and series of recent games) by Matzek. I definitely have him penciled into the starting rotation for next year. Gary, who are you counting as the third — Lyles? I probably also count Bergman as a #5 starter. We’ll see what happens with the young guys — Gray, Butler, and Tyler Anderson — but I am assuming that they each spend a couple of months at Colorado Springs to start the season. So I think that we’ll need… Read more »

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