Jason Giambi almost proved to be a hero for a second night in a row on Tuesday when he hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. But the Rockies were still down one run after that blast and lost, 6-5. On Wednesday night, the Colorado Rockies can still capture a series victory against the Florida Marlins.
The Rockies will contend with Ricky Nolasco (9-8, 3.72 ERA), who missed out on the April series between the two teams. Since July 20, the day he allowed nine runs in one-plus innings, Nolasco has made it through at least five innings in his last four starts and allowed no more than two runs each time. He's coming off two solid outings in which he pitched a combined 15 innings and allowed just three earned runs. In his career against the Rockies, he is 5-0 with a 2.27 ERA in six career starts. He has 43 strikeouts in nearly 40 innings.
Aaron Cook (2-7, 5.43 ERA), as usual, is looking to rebound from a bad start. Ever since he threw seven shutout innings, Cook has had trouble in his other outings. He did have a start against the Washington Nationals in which he allowed just two runs in 6-2/3 innings, but the Rockies wound up losing that one, 3-2. In his last start, Cook surrendered six runs in 5-2/3 innings to the Cardinals. This last month and a half is going to be Cook's swan song with the Rockies.
Game time is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.