Rox Hope Chatwood Can Break Cycle

The Rockies will play the third game of this 4-game road series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.  Tonight’s game is the sixth contest on a 7-game road trip at SD (1-2, 9/14-16) and at SF (0-2, 9/17-20).  In the second game of this series last night, the Rockies were defeated 6-3.  Colorado scored all 3 runs in the last 2.0 innings.  The Rockies have now scored 230 runs in the 7th inning or later this season, which ranks 2nd in the NL to the Milwaukee Brewers (231 runs).  The Rockies are currently in a stretch during which the club will play 14-of-17 games on the road from 9/3-20 (3-11), with only tonight and tomorrow’s game remaining on that stretch.  Additionally, the Rockies will finish the 2012 season with 20 games in 20 days from 9/14-10/3 (1-4).  The Rockies are also in a stretch of 14-straight games vs. NL West opponents from 9/10-24 (2-6).  Colorado is 21-33 vs. NL West opponents in 2012.

  • 22-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood will make his 17th appearance/10th start of 2012 tonight.  This will be his fourth appearance/third start against the Giants in 2012.  He is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA (11.1 ip, 2 er) against SF.
  • Veteran right-hander Matt Cain will make his 30th start of 2012 tonight.  Cain will be making his 28th career start against the Rockies tonight, against whom he is 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA (171.2 ip, 61 er). VS. GIANTS: This 4-game series will wrap up the 2012 season series between the Rockies and Giants.  The Giants have already clinched the season-series against the Rockies thanks to going 7-2 at Coors Field this season.  The Rockies are now 2-5 at AT&T Park in 2012.  This marks the fourth-straight season the Rockies have had a losing record at AT&T Park, as the 2008 Rockies (6-3 at AT&T) remain the last team to have a winning mark at the venue.

WILIN’S RECORDS: Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario set or tied two significant records last night when he connected on a 2-run home run to left-center field in the 8th inning.  The home run was Rosario’s 25th of the season, and he is now tied with Todd Helton (25 HR in 1998) for the franchise rookie record in home runs.  Rosario has one more home run than Troy Tulowitzki (24 HR) had in his rookie campaign in 2007.  The 2 RBI also gives Rosario 66 RBI this season.  The 66 RBI is the new Rockies record for RBI by a catcher, surpassing the 65 RBI Chirs Iannetta had in 2008.  Rosario now leads all NL rookies in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage (.520).

Carlos Gonzalez is back in the lineup tonight after missing the last couple of games.  He exited Sunday against the Padres with hamstring tightness, which arose after he ran out a double in the first.



2. Josh Rutledge (R) SS 2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF 3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Wilin Rosario (R) C 4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Tyler Colvin (L) 1B 5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Chris Nelson (R) 3B 6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Charlie Blackmon (L) RF 7. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
8. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B 8. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
9. Tyler Chatwood (R) P 9. Matt Cain (R) P


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