Rockies Vs. Brewers: Milwaukee Sweeps Colorado With 3-1 Victory On Sunday

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Rockies Vs. Brewers: Milwaukee Completes Sweep With 3-1 Victory

The Colorado Rockies and the Milwaukee Brewers needed just one inning to determine Sunday's outcome, but the Rockies were on the wrong side of a 3-1 score. The Brewers, as a result, picked up a three-game sweep of the Rockies.

In the top of the third inning, Dexter Fowler tripled to deep center and then scored on a Carlos Gonzalez single. But then it was all given back and then some in the bottom half of the inning. Ubaldo Jimenez walked Carlos Gomez to start the inning, which was followed by a sacrifice from Randy Wolf. Rickie Weeks was hit by a pitch to put two men on, but Jimenez was able to get Mark Kotsay to fly out for the second out of the inning.

Gomez and Weeks pulled off a double steal of second and third base during Ryan Braun's at-bat. After reaching a 2-2 count in that sequence, Jimenez next saw the ball soar to deep center field for a triple to plate both runs. But it didn't end there. Fowler erred on the throw back to the infield, which allowed Braun to score, giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead.

That was all the offense need for the win. Ubaldo Jimenez picked up the eight-inning complete game loss by allowed three runs on two hits to go along with five walks and four strikeouts. Still not quite the Jimenez of old, but he may be turning a corner. The Brewers' Wolf allowed one run in seven innings, walked three and struck out five.

The Rockies (23-22, 12-12 away) are off Monday before they play a doubleheader on Tuesday with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The series continues through Thursday.

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Rockies Vs. Brewers: Ubaldo Jimenez Ready To Salvage Win For Colorado

This series with the Milwaukee Brewers has not been kind to the Colorado Rockies. On Friday night, the Rockies blew the game on three separate occasions, the last one being a walkoff home run given up by Felipe Paulino, who was designated for assignment on Saturday night. Earlier on Saturday, the Brewers' Shaun Marcum held the Rockies to one run in eight innings, though closer John Axford almost blew the game.

Things do not bode well for the Rockies, but Ubaldo Jimenez is on the mound and he may be turning his season around. After being ineffective for most of his previous starts, Jimenez went seven innings and allowed three runs in a no-decision on May 17. More importantly, he struck out seven and walked only one. He had 21 free passes in his five starts before that. In two career starts at Miller Park, Jimenez has a 0.69 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 13 innings.

The Brewers counter Randy Wolf, who is winless since April 24. At that point Wolf had won three straight decisions and had racked up 19 strikeouts. In the four starts since then, Wolf and the Brewers have lost each game. On May 11 he allowed five runs in 3.1 innings, but came back better in his May 17 start. He allowed two runs in 5.1 innings, but took the loss because his team didn't score in the 3-0 loss to the Dodgers.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. MT. ROOT Sports will have the broadcast after MLB rules prevented game from airing on Saturday evening.

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Rockies DFA Felipe Paulino; Greg Reynolds Expected To Be Called Up

The Felipe Paulino experiment in the Colorado Rockies bullpen didn't even last two months. According to the Denver Post's Troy Renck, Paulino was designated for assignment after Saturday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Acquired from the Houston Astros in offseason for Clint Barmes, Paulino was expected to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation, but he soon turned into a bullpen candidate once spring training started. Things never quite worked out for him as he was 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA in 18 appearances. In his last appearance, he gave up a towering walkoff home run to Prince Fielder in Friday's 14-inning game.

Renck further reports that the Rockies are expected to recall Greg Reynolds from Triple-A so that he can help fill in any pitching gaps this coming week. The Rockies play a doubleheader with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, which means another pitcher will be needed on Saturday. Reynolds was with the Rockies earlier this season when Ubaldo Jimenez was on the disabled list. He went 1-0 in two starts with a 3.27 ERA.


Rockies Vs. Brewers: Shaun Marcum Keeps Colorado Down In 3-2 Brewers Victory

The Colorado Rockies just didn't have an answer with Shaun Marcum on the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. The Rockies dropped to 6-10 in one-run games following the 3-2 loss.

Marcum held the Rockies to one run in eight innings and struck out eight. The lone run he allowed was a Carlos Gonzalez home run (6) in the first inning. Closer John Axford almost blew the save in the bottom of the ninth, but he recovered. Troy Tulowitzki had tripled to deep right after Corey Hart let the ball get by him. This led to an RBI ground out by Seth Smith. With the Rockies building something, Jason Giambi singled, but was left stranded as Ty Wigginton struck out to end the game.

The Brewers got to Rockies starter Clayton Mortensen (1-1) in the first inning on a Prince Fielder RBI double and a run-scoring error by Jose Lopez on a Casey McGehee ball in play. Jonathan Lucroy added the third run on a fifth-inning home run. Reliever Matt Daley struck out all three batters he faced.

The Rockies (23-21, 12-11 away) finish this series on Sunday afternoon with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Brewers: After Late-Night Affair, Colorado, Milwaukee Set For Rematch

The Colorado Rockies will need a starter Clayton Mortensen to pitch late into Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers after Friday's 14-inning loss. The Rockies used all seven of their relievers, five of them pitching one full inning each (Belisle, two). Rafael Betancourt, Huston Street and Felipe Paulino each blew save opportunities, the latter two in extra innings.

Mortensen did well enough in his last start on May 16. It was a victory over the San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum. Mortensen went six full innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks. Three of the four runs scored on two home runs. In his two starts he's reached six inning of work as well in his first relief appearance of the season. Being economical with his pitch count will go a long way to saving the bullpen.

In three May starts, the Brewers' Shaun Marcum is 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.050 WHIP. He has 20 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched. The middle game of that stretch, though, was a bit of a rough outing against the San Diego Padres. While picking up eight strikeouts, he did allowed five runs in six innings on nine hits. This will be his first career start against the Rockies, having a one-inning relief appearance back in 2006 when he was with the Blue Jays. In meaningless numbers, Marcum gave up two runs on two hits and two walks.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. MT. Tune into ROOT Sports for all the action.

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Rockies Vs. Brewers Score: Prince Fielder Hits Walkoff HR In Milwaukee's 7-6, 14-Inning Victory

One night after the Colorado Rockies traded Franklin Morales, fans will now call for Felipe Paulino to exit stage left from the team's roster. On Friday night, he entered the bottom of the 14th with a 6-5 lead. After getting the first batter out, Paulino walked Ryan Braun and then saw Prince Fielder launch a monster of a shot to right field for the 7-6 victory.

Dexter Fowler had put the Rockies in the lead in the top of the 14th on a bloop single, but it was the second time the Rockies had taken a lead in extra innings and blown the game. Seth Smith appeared to be Mr. Late Night once again when he tripled in Alfredo Amezaga for the go-ahead run, 5-4, in the top of the 13th. But then the Milwaukee Brewers' Yuniesky Betancourt decided he wanted more baseball, so he launched a Huston Street pitch over the left field wall to tie the game at five.

Rockies starter Jason Hammel turned in a solid night both on the mound and with the bat. He allowed just three runs in 6.2 innings and hit his first career home run, a two-run shot in the second inning. In the fourth inning, two errors on the same play by Jose Lopez painfully tied the game. But Rafael Betancourt gave up a home run to Casey McGehee in the eighth to blow the first save opportunity of the game.

Zack Greinke allowed four runs in six innings and struck out nine Rockies. In addition to the Jason Hammel home run, Greinke allowed Jason Giambi's fourth home run in the last two days.

The Rockies (23-20, 12-10 away) continue this series on Saturday evening at 5:10 p.m. MT. Clayton Mortensen and Shaun Marcum are the scheduled starters.

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Carlos Gonzalez's Injury Keeps Outfielder Out Of Lineup

One day after Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez left a game early due to tightness in his left groin, Ty Wigginton will start in the outfielder's place on Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers. However, he will be available to pinch-hit. He told the Denver Post's Troy Renck that he should be able to start on Saturday.

Here is Friday's Rockies lineup:

CF Dexter Fowler
2B Jonathan Herrera
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Jason Giambi
RF Seth Smith
3B Jose Lopez
LF Ty Wigginton
C Chris Iannetta
P Jason Hammel

Jason Giambi is starting his second straight game after hitting three home runs and driving in seven runs on Thursday night.


Rockies Vs. Brewers: Jason Hammel Can End Losing Ways In Milwaukee

After splitting a two-game series with the Phillies, the Colorado Rockies head to Milwaukee for a three-game series with the Brewers. The Rockies enter this series with a win over the Phillies on Thursday after Jason Giambi hit three home runs and drove in seven runs.

The Rockies will have a question mark next to Carlos Gonzalez after he left Thursday's game with tightness in his left groin. His status for this series has not yet been announced. The Brewers' star outfielder, Ryan Braun, left Thursday's game against the Padres with a sore shoulder, but the injury is not considered serious. In 28 career games against the Rockies, Braun has hit .380/.447/.648 with six homers and 20 RBI. He has been helped by a .438 batting average on balls in play (BABIP), well above average.

Jason Hammel will look to rebound from two straight losses, including an 8-2 loss to the Padres on May 15. In that start, Hammel was burned by a Ryan Ludwick three-run homer in the fourth inning and then seventh-inning troubles. After an initial foul out by Ludwick, three straight singles led Jim Tracy to pull Hammel and send out Franklin Morales. He allowed an RBI double and gave way to Felipe Paulino, who gave up three more runs.

Zack Greinke will make just his fourth start of the season after suffering a rib injury earlier in the year. He's allowed 12 runs in 15 innings, but has 20 strikeouts and two walks in that span. When he was with the Royals, Greinke made two starts against the Rockies. The first, in 2008, saw him strike out 10 Rockies and allow three runs in six innings. On May 23, 2010, the Rockies chased Greinke out of the game after 3.1 innings when he allowed eight runs.

Expected Pitching Matchups
Friday, May 20, 6:10 p.m. MT, ROOT
Jason Hammel vs. Zack Greinke

Saturday, May 21, 5:10 p.m. MT, No TV
Clayton Mortensen vs. Shaun Marcum

Saturday, May 22, 12:10 p.m. MT, ROOT
Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Randy Wolf

For more on the Rockies, Purple Row is your destination. Brew Crew Ball has more on the Brewers.

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