San Diego Visits for Three

The Colorado Rockies will host the San Diego Padres for a three game series this weekend, starting tonight at Coors Field.  Jeff Francis (0-1, 7.23) will start for the Rockies against the Padres’ Jason Marquis (3-7, 5.67), a standout for Colorado in the playoff season of 2009, when he went 15-13 with a 4.04 ERA and handled 216 innings.

San Diego arrives in Denver following a split with the Houston Astros in Texas, rallying for 6 in the ninth inning of a 7-3 victory on Thursday afternoon. The Padres trail Colorado by 2 1/2 games in the National League West, and could move into 4th place with a sweep of the Rockies this weekend.

Colorado is also coming off a series split, with the Washington Nationals, scoring in the bottom of the 11th to win 11-10 Thursday after giving-back an early 7-0 lead.  The Rockies are trying to establish some stability after a week that featured pitching coach Bob Apodaca’s resignation as Colorado’s starting pitchers struggle through historically bad ERAs amid the institution of a controversial 4-man/75-pitch rotation concept.

The Rockies are hosting their annual Independence Day fireworks display after the games tonight and tomorrow, as they head to St. Louis after Sunday’s game for the actual mid-week holiday.  Typically volatile late-afternoon summer weather is expected for game-time, with a chance for thundershowers (large raindrops, widely spaced), with winds from the west-southwest at just under 10 mph. Temperatures are expected to drop into the low 80s with conditions stabilizing as the game progresses. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 pm MDT, with TV on Root Sports and radio KOA am 850.  The lineups:

SAN DIEGO (28-49)
RF        Chris Denorfia
2B        Logan Forsythe
3B        Chase Headley
LF        Carlos Quentin
1B        Yonder Alonso
CF        Cameron Maybin
SS         Everth Cabrera
C          John Baker
P          Jason Marquis
COLORADO (29-46)
CF        Dexter Fowler

SS        Marco Scutaro
LF        Carlos Gonzalez
1B        Michael Cuudyer
RF        Tyler Colvin
3B        Jordan Pacheco
2B        Chris Nelson
C          Wilin Rosario
P          Jeff Francis


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9 years ago

Jeem you are the MAN – great intro to the game and the weather!

Alex Colfax
Alex Colfax
9 years ago

Cuddyer is in a wretched slump (7-for-52)…why bat him cleanup?

Bob K.
Bob K.
9 years ago

Classic Aaron Cook tonight. CG shutout, 2 hits, 28 batters faced, 81 total pitches.

9 years ago

Jeem, I took the family to tonight’s fireworks game. Weather report: occasional large raindrops, widely spaced. Nice prediction.

Is this the 2013 lineup with the exception of Tulo playing SS instead of Scutaro? I hope so, because I like it.

9 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Oh, yea, the fluffy white clouds float in off the mountains, gather in a mass of gray, then black. Lightning rips the sky. Wind whips the air, tearing flags asunder from their masts. Thunder claps. The four horses of the apocalypse assemble at the edge of the abyss. Then. Plop. Plop plop. Plop plop plop. Plop. Plop. OK: play ball! And yes. That’s the lineup moving forward. Not that it can’t be further strengthened as the Arenados + Rutledges mature,… Read more »

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