It’s been since before Thursday’s rain delay, by game time 70 hours, and 26 innings since the Colorado Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly that brought Dexter Fowler to the plate with the Rockies last run. Call their starts “uneven,” but Jhoulys Chacin limited the St Louis Cardinals to 2 runs and Jon Garland 3 on Friday and Saturday, and the Colorado bullpen was “nails” both days. This was the formula: hold ’em down and let the Blake Street Bullies bury the opposition. If only the Bullies would come out to play. The Rockies have lost 4 straight and scored 5 runs in 5 games as they look to salvage one out-of 3 from the Cardinals this afternoon at 12:15 pm MDT at Busch Stadium in St Louis. Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa (3-3, 3.52) will take the mound for Colorado and face lefty Jaime Garcia (3-3, 3.52) of the Cards.
De La Rosa has gotten traction after regaining confidence in his surgically repaired elbow following two early starts, and except for a hiccup in Los Angeles, where he struggles, has been lights-out. He got the Rockies’ last win, over the Yankees on Tuesday, pitching six 3-hit shutout innings. Colorado knocked Garcia around back in 2011, but he is allegedly “a different pitcher” today. He won in Milwaukee a week ago, allowing one run on 8 hits in 8 innings against the Brewers.
Recently recalled Charlie Blackmon gets the start today in right-field for the Hitless Wonders. Wilin Rosario will catch DLR for the first time in 2013. Jordan Pacheco’s in for Todd Helton, batting 2nd. Carlos Beltran is back in right-field for St Louis, hitting 2nd. Jon Jay moves down to the 7-hole, in front of sluggin’ Pete Kozma.
It’s a cloudless sunny day in St Louis with 60° temperatures. It’s not quite as windy, 10-12 MPH, but still brisk, and it’ll blow across from left to right similar to Saturday. Relative humidity is 32%. RoOT has the TV, KOA has radio.
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