Pirates Vs. Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez Struggles In 8-4 Loss

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Pirates Vs. Rockies Final Score: Ubaldo Jimenez Struggles, Colorado Drops Series

Ubaldo Jimenez has yet to look like the pitcher the Colorado Rockies saw in 2010: a surefire arm on the mound every fifth day. Jimenez, who finished third in the 2010 NL Cy Young voting, struggled in his third start since coming off the disabled list on April 19.

Jimenez ran into trouble in the second inning, starting it with a leadoff walk to Ryan Doumit. After Pedro Alvarez reached on a single, Ronny Cedeno put down a bunt that turned into an RBI single. Jimenez couldn't make a throw anywhere. Jimenez followed that with a bunt pop out and a strikeout, Xavier Paul laced a triple to right center field, plating two runs. Paul then scored on a Garrett Jones double.

Jimenez pitched just four innings, gave up four runs on six hits and four walks and struck out six. Esmil Rogers allowed four runs in the fifth inning on a sac fly a couple of singles. But after that, Franklin Morales, Matt Lindstrom, Matt Reynolds and Felipe Paulino combined for two hits allowed and four strikeouts.

The Rockies scored all four of their runs off of starter Charlie Morton. Todd Helton and Ryan Spilborghs (pinch-hitting for Jimenez) had RBI singles in the third and fourth innings. In the sixth inning, Morton exited after allowing two base runners. Mike Crotta walked the next batter and then surrendered a two-run double to Dexter Fowler. Morton's final line was 5.1 innings, four runs allowed and five walks.

The Rockies (17-9, 7-6 home) have Monday off before they start a three-game series with the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez Pitches For Series Victory

Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound on Sunday afternoon for the Colorado Rockies, who can take the season series, 5-2, with a victory. Jimenez last pitched a week ago on April 24, taking a loss against the Florida Marlins. He had a no-hitter through four innings, but ran into trouble when he walked three batters in the fifth inning. Then an Omar Infante triple gave the Marlins a 3-0 lead.

Jimenez has yet to pitch more than six inning in any of his three starts, just 10 innings over his two starts after a stint on the disabled list. However, he has also struck out 13 over that same span. Hopefully April is behind him and better things are ahead for him in May.

The Pirates' Charlie Morton makes his second start against the Rockies this season. He allowed three runs over seven innings in that start and walked five. In five starts so far, Morton has had a pattern of allowing one run and then following it with a multi-run game. He gave up just one run and struck out six in his last start for a no-decision in his last start. He averages 4.9 walks per nine innings, so if the Rockies can be patient today another high walk total could be in order.

First pitch is schedule for 1:10 p.m. MT, and tune into ROOT Sports for TV coverage.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies Final Score: Chris Iannetta's Three-Run Homer Leads To 4-1 Colorado Win

Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta delivered the big blast in his team's 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. He hit his third home run of the season, a three-run shot in the second inning, off Paul Maholm (1-4). It came on the heels of Seth Smith tying the game on an infield single that scored Carlos Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, who has been mired in a slump of late, started the inning off with a double to left field and then moved to third on a Jose Lopez bunt single. He added a single in the third inning.

Andrew McCutchen led off the game for the Pirates with a home run to center field, but that was all the offense the Pirates could muster against Jason Hammel (3-1). Hammel went seven innings, surrendered six hits and issued two walks. Huston Street allowed a base runner in the ninth, but struck out two on his way to his 10th save of the season.

The Rockies improved to 17-8 and 7-5 at home. This series concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. MT. The scheduled starters are Charlie Morton and Ubaldo Jimenez.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies: Jason Hammel Pitches Day After Colorado Shutout In Home Loss

The Colorado Rockies were on the wrong end of a shutout at Coors Field on Friday night, losing to the Pirates, 3-0. Kevin Correia and his bullpen held the Rockies to just five singles, while the Pirates' offense scored two runs on two solo home runs.

But Saturday night should be, as Jason Hammel and Paul Maholm take to the mound. Hammel last pitched on April 23, picking up the Rockies' lone win in their series with the Florida Marlins. He allowed just one run on seven hits in 6.2 innings.

Maholm, meanwhile, is coming off his best start of the season so far. Maholm had entered his start against the Washington Nationals on a three-game losing streak, but he struck out eight in seven innings to pick up the 3-1 victory. His first loss of the season came on Pittsburgh when they played the Rockies in early April. Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo home run and drove in a total of three runs off of him.

Tonight's lineup for the Rockies is:

CF Dexter Fowler
2B Jonathan Herrera
1B Todd Helton
SS Tulowitzki
LF Carlos Gonzalez
3B Jose Lopez
RF Seth Smith
C Chris Iannetta
P Hammel

First pitch is schedule for 6:10 p.m. MT, and ROOT Sports will have the broadcast.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies: Pittsburgh Shuts Out Colorado At Coors Field

In one of those rare occurrences, the Colorado Rockies were shutout at home in a 3-0 loss on Friday night to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Rockies managed just five hits, while the Pirates hit two solo home runs as part of their offensive game.

Outside of the two solo homers and an RBI triple given up, Jhoulys Chacin (3-2) kept the game moving along. Before the seventh inning, he never went to more than four hitters in an inning. That was the inning he allowed Ronny Cedeno to triple in Pedro Alvarez (who reached on a single). In the third and sixth innings, Chacin gave up the homers to Andrew McCutchen and Garret Jones, respectively. He struck out eight batters.

Kevin Correia (3), Jose Veras (0), Chris Resop (1) and Joel Hanrahan (1) kept the Rockies to just five singles and struck out nine of them. Carlos Gonzalez had his first hit in 25 at-bats when he had a bunt single in the bottom of the ninth. Dexter Fowler struck out three times.

The series continues on Saturday evening (weather-permitting) at 6:10 p.m. MT. Paul Maholm and Jason Hammel start for the Pirates and the Rockies.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies: Colorado Looks To Improve Home Record

The Rockies face another familiar foe from the NL Central when they host a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates over the weekend. This will be the other half of 2011's home-and-home series. The Rockies went 3-1 on their road trip in Pittsburgh from April 7-10, losing in extra innings in the second game.

When Jhoulys Chacin takes the mound on Friday night, he will be the only Rockies starter to take make a repeat in this series. The Pirates got to him in innings 2-4, scoring five runs. He did, though, pitch through the sixth and was the pitcher of record when Jason Giambi and Seth Smith produced two runs in the seventh to put the Rockies into the lead, 6-5.

The Pirates will have two pitchers from the previous series appear on Saturday and Sunday in Paul Maholm and Charlie Morton. Maholm was tagged for five runs in the 7-1 loss and Morton had a bad case of the walks, issuing five free passes in a game that his bullpen blew in the eighth inning.

The Rockies should also be fresh as they are coming of an unexpected two-day layoff. Their Wednesday afternoon game with the Chicago Cubs was postponed due to weather and Thursday was their scheduled off-day to return to Colorado. Pittsburgh has alternated wins and losses in their last six games, taking two of three from the Nationals and dropping two of three to the Giants.

Expected pitching matchups:

Friday, April 29, 6:40 p.m. MT, ROOT
Kevin Correia vs. Jhoulys Chacin

Saturday, April 30, 6:10 p.m. MT, ROOT
Paul Maholm vs. Jason Hammel

Sunday, April 30, 1:10 p.m. MT, ROOT
Charlie Morton vs. Ubaldo Jimenez

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