Cardinals Vs. Rockies: Colorado Loses Another One-Run Game, 4-3

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Cardinals Vs. Rockies: Colorado Attempts Late Comeback, But Falls To St. Louis, 4-3

After last night's victory with an offensive output of 15 runs, the Colorado Rockies couldn't follow it up with a second win in a row. Instead, the St. Louis Cardinals sent the Rockies to their 12th one-run loss, 4-3 in 18 games.

The Cards jumped out to an early 3-0 lead when Jon Jay hit a two-run home run and Yadier Molina hit an RBI single off of Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin. Colby Rasmus hit his fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning to finish St. Louis' scoring for the days. Chacin left the game after six complete innings, having allowed four runs (three on two homers) and striking out seven.

Eric Young Jr. put the first Rockies run on the board on a sac fly in the fourth inning, but it was the seventh frame when the Rockies had their best chance to deal some damage. Todd Helton led off with a double and then scored on a Ty Wigginton single. Ryan Spilborghs walked and Chris Iannetta walked to load the bases. Jason Giambi entered as a pinch-hitter for reliever Matt Reynolds and struck out swinging. Young hit into an inning-ending double play in the next at-bat.

The Rockies added a third run when Eric Young Jr. singled in Ryan Spilborghs in the bottom of the ninth. Young moved to third on a Dexter Fowler single, but Carlos Gonzalez grounded into a fielder's choice to end the game.

The Rockies (25-27, 13-15 home) trail the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks by 3.5 games. Colorado begins a road trip on Memorial Day with a game against the Dodgers.

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Chris Nelson Recalled By Colorado Rockies; Alfredo Amezaga Designated For Assignment

On Sunday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies announced that infielder Alfredo Amezaga was designated for assignment and that Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox infielder Chris Nelson has been recalled. He will be available for today's game. This is the latest move by the club to shake up the roster, earlier designating for assignment Jose Lopez.

Amezaga signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies during the offseason while making his way back from microfracture surgery in 2009. He was recalled by the Rockies at the end of April, but was only a sporadic bench player. He hit .242/.297/.273 in 38 plate appearances.

Chris Nelson spent September 2010 with the Rockies and is best known for his steal of home plate (video) in a Sept. 9 game against the Cincinnati Reds that season. Nelson was the Rockies' first-round pick in 2004 and made his major league debut at the end of June 2010. He hit .280/.308/.320 in 17 games over June and September. He returned to Triple-A in 2011 and is hitting .315/.346/.503 with four triples and five home runs.

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Cardinals Vs. Rockies: Colorado Can Take Series With Jhoulys Chacin On The Mound

The Colorado Rockies better hope they have some offense left in them for Sunday's contest against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Rockies scored 15 runs in Saturday's victory, giving rookie Juan Nicasio the win in his first major league start. Nicasio impressed with seven innings of one unearned ball.

Will the Rockies be able to receive that from Jhoulys Chacin? After he threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Phillies, striking out nine and picking up his fifth win in the process, Chacin followed that up on May 24 with a dud against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He allowed five runs in seven innings, three alone in the sixth inning, and took the loss in the 5-2 decision. It was the start of a four-game skid for the Rockies.

The Cardinals will start Kyle Lohse. When he's not masquerading as his manager Tony La Russa, Lohse has gone 6-2 with a 2.06 ERA. Outside of two of his 10 starts, he has not allowed more than two runs in any game. In his last two starts, he's gone 16 innings, allowed two runs and struck out eight. In three career starts at Coors Field, though, Lohse has a 7.80 ERA in 15 innings.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. MT.

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Cardinals Vs. Rockies: Juan Nicasio Wins Debut As Colorado Pounds St. Louis, 15-4

Facing a tough pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals' Jaime Garcia and starting rookie Juan Nicasio, the Colorado Rockies could have had a rough evening. Instead, the offense pounded St. Louis for 15 runs and Nicasio allowed one unearned run in seven innings in the 15-4 victory. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out two.

Catcher Chris Iannetta dominated Cards pitching. He went 4-for-5 with six RBI (22 for the season). Four of those RBI came on two two-run homers (7), the other two on a two-run single in the first. The Rockies scored six runs in the first inning off of Garcia and chased him out of the game after 3.1 innings. He finished the night with 12 runs allowed and his first loss of the year. His ERA rose from 1.93 to 3.28.

Eric Young Jr. led off the game and played second (but moved to left field later in the game). He went 3-for-6 with his first RBI and first stolen base of the season. With the exceptions of Helton, Nicasio and Wigginton all of the starters collected at least two hits. Ryan Spilborghs also turned in a good night with three hits and four RBI. He did it on a bases-loaded walk in the first, an RBI single in the second and a two-run triple in the fourth. The team was 8-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

This series concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. MT. Kyle Lohse and Jhoulys Chacin are the scheduled starters.

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Cardinals vs. Rockies: Juan Nicasio Makes Major League Debut For Colorado

The Colorado Rockies will have rookie right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio on the mound Saturday night when they play the St. Louis Cardinals. Nicasio makes his major league debut as a result of Jorge De La Rosa tearing the UCL in his left elbow on Tuesday. Greg Reynolds, who was scheduled to start, pitched in relief of De La Rosa after the injury.

Nicasio was ranked the No. 8 prospect in the system by Baseball America entering this season. He led the Hi-A California League in strikeouts (171) in 2010 and now leads the Double-A Texas League with 63. His 2.22 ERA in the TL is second-best this season. He throws a fastball usually in the mid-90s and offers a curveball, a slider and a changeup. He's exactly the kind of pitcher the Rockies could use right now.

The Cardinals enter this contest having handed the Rockies their fourth straight loss and will put Jaime Garcia on the mound. Garcia has picked up from his strong 2010 season and even improved on it in 2011. His ERA stands at 1.93 through 10 starts. He 5-0 and has thrown two complete game shutouts. He has 57 strikeouts and 13 walks in 65.1 innings. It could be another rough night at the plate for the Rockies.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. MT; turn to FOX for coverage this time around.

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Cardinals Vs. Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez Falters, Colorado Drops Series Opener To St. Louis

For the Colorado Rockies, it was a new series but similar results following a 10-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Poor pitching combined with a lack of hitting did them in again.

Ubaldo Jimenez wasn't able to follow up his complete game two-hitter with similar results. Still winless at 0-5, Jimenez allowed six runs on 12 hits and two walks in six innings. An RBI triple by Colby Rasmus in the sixth inning broke the 3-3 tie. A Yadier Molina ground out and a wild pitch scored two more for the Cardinals that inning. Rasmus hit a second triple in the seventh inning, scoring two off of reliever Matt Daley.

Bruce Billings made his major league debut in the eighth inning and had a scoreless frame there. But in the top of the ninth, he allowed a single and a wild pitch to set up a Tyler Greene RBI single. Eric Young Jr. was recalled earlier in the day and went 1-for-4 playing center field and batting leadoff.

The Rockies scored their runs on a Ty Wigginton single and a Chris Iannetta double in the second inning and on a Carlos Gonzalez single in the third.

The Rockies (24-26, 12-14 home) continue this series Saturday night at 5:10 p.m. MT on FOX. Juan Nicasio makes his major league debut for the Rockies while Jaime Garcia opposes him.

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Cardinals Vs. Rockies: Colorado Hosts St. Louis, Looks For Right Track

The Colorado Rockies enter this weekend's series with the St. Louis Cardinals badly in need of a win. They've fallen to third place in the NL West, behind the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Snakes just won three straight games against the Rockies in a four-game series.

But it's a bit worse than losing three straight. The Rockies are losers in six of their last seven games and they lost Jorge De La Rosa for the season with a torn UCL. Double-A pitcher Juan Nicasio will fill in for De La Rosa temporarily and make his major league debut on Saturday,

But the roster changes haven't stopped there. Felipe Paulino is gone and Bruce Billing is up (though Rex Brothers is likely only a few weeks away if not sooner). Jose Lopez was designated for assignment, leading to a call-up of Eric Young Jr., who is hitting .363 for the season with the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The changes aren't done yet.

And so on Friday night Ubaldo Jimenez, still winless, takes the mound. Now more than ever is the time for the 2010 Ubaldo to show up. We've seen glimpses of it over his last two starts, though both times he picked up a no-decision. In his May 17 start, Jimenez held the Giants to three runs over seven innings and struck out seven. On May 22, he picked up an eight-inning complete game but fell to 0-4. While Jimenez gave up three runs on two hits, the Rockies could only put one on the board. Jimenez didn't have great sense of the strike zone, walking five and striking out four.

The Cards counter with Jake Westbrook, former first-round draft pick by the Rockies. He's been impressive over his last two starts as well. He's been able to pick up the win in both contests (3-1, 3-0), holding his opponents to one run in eight hits over 15 innings. This will be his first start in Coors Field, and he's thrown a total of 15.2 innings against the Rockies in his career. His small sample size ERA is 1.15.

First pitch is expected for 6:40 p.m. MT. Tune into ROOT for game action.

Expected Pitching Matchups:
Saturday, 5:10 p.m. MT, KDVR-31
Jaime Garcia vs. Juan Nicasio

Sunday, 1:10 p.m. MT, ROOT
Kyle Lohse vs. Jhoulys Chacin

For more on the Rockies, visit Purple Row. To learn about the Cardinals head over to Viva El Birdos and SB Nation St. Louis.

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