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The Colorado Rockies lost more than a 16-8 game to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez injured his right wrist during the seventh inning when he ran into the outfield wall on a catch. He left the game to receive x-rays at a local Denver hospital.
Gonzalez accounted for six of the eight runs the Rockies drove in during the game. He had a three-run double in the fifth inning and a three-run home run (13) in the sixth inning. Mark Ellis hit his second home run as a Rockies, a two-run shot in the fifth. Royals starter Luke Hochevar allowed five runs in 4.1 innings and then saw Blake Wood allowed three more runs in the sixth inning.
Rockies starter Jason Hammel (4-8, 4.31 ERA) fared much worse. He gave up six runs in 3.2 innings, four coming off the bat of Melky Cabrera. He had a solo home run in the first inning and a three-run blast in the third inning. Before leaving the game, Hammel saw Mike Moustakas double in a run and Chris Getz bunt into a run-scoring fielder's choice.
Eric Stults, called up after Greg Reynolds was done with his spot start on Saturday, kept the Royals off the board for 1.1 innings. Matt Belisle was tagged for six runs in the sixth inning. He allowed four doubles, which scored four runs. Clayton Mortensen finished out the game and allowed four runs in the seventh inning, three to Eric Hosmer on his sixth homer of the season. He went 4-for-6 with four RBI against Rockies pitchers.
The Rockies (41-43, 22-22 home) head to Atlanta for a three-game set with the Braves. Ubaldo Jimenez pitches the first game in a return to where he threw his no-hitter in 2010.
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After a second dominating win in their series with the Kansas City Royals, the Colorado Rockies will face Fowler, CO native Luke Hochevar. The Rockies can pick up a sweep to end their interleague play this season.
Luke Hochevar was the No. 1 overall pick by the Royals in the 2006 draft, a year after he went unsigned as the 40th overall pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made his debut in Sept. 2007 and the results haven't been great so far. He is a career 24-40 pitcher with a 5.45 ERA. This season he is allowing more than a hit per inning (112 H in 110.2 IP), has allowed 15 home runs and he is striking out just 4.3 batters every nine innings.
The Rockies turn to Jason Hammel on Sunday afternoon. Hammel closed out June with a solid start, though he received a no-decision in the 3-2 Rockies victory over the White Sox. He allowed two runs in six innings, while walking two and allowing six hits. He did not strike out any batter. In four of his five starts, Hammel has walked more batters than he has struck out.
This game starts at 1:10 p.m. MT on ROOT.
It wasn't another shutout for the Colorado Rockies, but they did score nine more runs against the Kansas City Royals in a 9-6 victory on Saturday evening. The newest Rockie, 2B Mark Ellis, had a big game with three doubles and two RBI. A two-run double to deep right field in the second inning got Ellis going.
That double in the second was part of a six-run inning for the Rockies that also saw RBI singles by Chris Iannetta and Troy Tulowitzki, a Ty Wigginton RBI double and a Todd Helton sacrifice fly. Helton had singled in a run in the first inning, too. And when he hit a double in the eighth inning, Helton tied Tony Gwynn for 25th all-time on the career doubles list. He is currently second among active players (third if you don't consider Manny Ramirez's retirement official yet) behind Ivan Rodriguez.
Tulowitzki, who will learn his All-Star Game gate on Sunday afternoon, homered in his third straight game for 17 on the season. Seth Smith added a sac fly to complete the scoring.
Greg Reynolds (3-0, 5.16 ERA) picked up the win, but did give up five runs. Jeff Francoeur had an RBI triple; Wilson Betemit picked up a three-run home run; and Alex Gordon had a solo home run. When Rafael Betancourt came in to pitch the ninth, he did allow Gordon to drive in the Royals' sixth run. Huston Street came in and picked up his 24th save by throwing one pitch for the
Royals starter Kyle Davies didn't fare well in his first off the disabled list. He allowed seven runs (four earned) in three innings, falling to 1-7 this season.
The Rockies (41-42, 22-21 home) finish this series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. MT. Jason Hammel and Luke Hochevar are the scheduled starters.
The Colorado Rockies started their series with the Kansas City Royals with a dominant eight-shutout inning performance by rookie Juan Nicasio in the 9-0 victory. Jhoulys Chacin had been scheduled to start for the Rockies originally, but forearm stiffness prompted Jim Tracy and management to push his next start back until Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves. Instead, the team will turn to a face in Denver and Colorado Springs: Greg Reynolds.
This will be Reynolds third time with the club this year. He first came up when Ubaldo Jimenez went on the disabled list and made two starts. He returned at the end of May to provide the Rockies an extra pitcher after Felipe Paulino was designated for assignment. He then pitched in relief for Jorge De La Rosa a few days later after a torn UCL ended that start. He's 2-0 with a 4.08 ERA five appearances (two starts).
The Rockies will face Kyle Davies, who is making his return from the disabled list. After experiencing shoulder pain in the first inning in his May 16 start against the Cleveland Indians, Davies left the game having walked three of the first four batters (this was the game Vin Mazzaro was charged with 14 runs over 2.1 innings). He's made several rehab starts, but the Rockies should be ready to strike if Davies shows any rust.
This game can be seen on ROOT at 6:10 p.m. MT.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio (3-1, 4.10 ERA) enjoyed facing the Kansas City Royals' hitters on Friday night when he threw shutout innings with just three hits allowed. He led the Rockies to a 9-0 victory. All three hits were singles coming in the second, fifth and eight innings, the latter of the infield variety. He struck out four.
Making his Rockies debut, Mark Ellis made the most of it by going 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. He hit a single in his first at-bat, sent a ball over the left center wall for a two-run homer in the fifth inning and then doubled in a run in the sixth inning. He fell a triple shy of the cycle.
Charlie Blackmon celebrated his 25th birthday in style with a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning. It was the first of his career.
Todd Helton also came up big with a 4-for-5 night with two RBI. Those two RBI scored on a sixth-inning double, the 542nd of his career (tying Harry Heilmann for 26th all-time). Troy Tulowitzki drove in two on a third-inning home run, his 16th of the season. Ty Wigginton put the first Rockies run on the board with a single.
Edgmer Escalona, just called up on Friday, preserved the shutout in the ninth inning
The Rockies (40-42, 21-21 home) continue this series on Saturday evening at 6:10 p.m. MT. Greg Reynolds starts in place of Jhoulys Chacin, who is overcoming forearm stiffness. Kyle Davies opposes him.
Following the acquisition of second baseman Mark Ellis on Thursday, the Colorado Rockies are making roster moves shortly before Friday's game with the Kansas City Royals. Ellis will start on Friday night for the Rockies, while Chris Nelson and Eric Young Jr. have been sent back to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Reliever Edgmer Escalona will also make his way up to the big leagues as part of these roster moves.
Nelson started off well when he was recalled at the end of May, and by the middle of June he hit his first two home runs in back-to-back games. But lately he's slumped and piled up the strikeouts. He hit .225/.250/.388 with 14 strikeouts in 84 plate appearances. He will play second base every day in the Springs.
Young Jr. started his season out in the end of May and had at least one hit in six of his first seven games (five straight to start), but then he moved to a reserve role, hitting .229/.255/.229. He will go back to the Springs and play the outfield.
Edgmer Escalona will make his first non-September call-up with the Rockies after putting up a 3.42 ERA in 26.1 innings at the Springs. In 2010, Escalona had a 1.50 ERA in five September appearances. He walked four and struck out two.
Midway through the season, the Colorado Rockies are 39-42 and just 2-5 over their last seven games (a makeup game with the Cubs was thrown in between the Yankees and the White Sox). They finish their interleague schedule with a home series against the Kansas City Royals. After playing the previous two series in Kansas City and winning just two games there, the Rockies will look for better luck at Coors Field.
However, the last time the two played a series in Colorado was in 2007, and the Royals took two of three. Particularly troublesome in that game was Ramon Ramirez allowing five runs in the top of the 12th inning, giving the Rockies a 10-5 loss. But if the Rockies experienced another loss like that, I'm sure their fans would accept it if, in the end, the team winds reaching the postseason, as they did in 2007.
Juan Nicasio (2-1, 5.08 ERA) hasn't fared well in interleague play so far. While he has received two no-decisions in his two starts, Nicasio has a 9.31 ERA and a 1.448 WHIP in 9.2 innings. In Cleveland he allowed six runs through 4.2 innings and followed that up with four runs in five innings against the Yankees.
Danny Duffy (1-2, 4.61) made his Major League debut in 2011, like Nicasio, and was kept in the rotation recently by going to a six-man one. After losing his first two games of June, Duffy has put together three strong outings (with one minor exception). Duffy was on pace to have the best game of his young career in June 19, but a cramp caused him to leave with only 3.2 innings pitched. He had allowed two runs and struck out nine before the injury forced the team to put in a reliever against the Cardinals. He returned on June 25 with seven innings of two-run ball. Look for a fastball around 93, as well as a slider, a curveball and a changeup.
Expected pitching matchups:
Danny Duffy vs. Juan Nicasio, 6:10 p.m. MT, ROOT