Brewers Vs. Rockies: Colorado Loses On Sunday To Split Series With Brewers

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Brewers Vs. Rockies: Colorado Splits Series With Milwaukee After 4-3 Loss

Ian Stewart had two errors in the Colorado Rockies' 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon. On one of them he failed to pick up the ball on three separate attempts, which pretty much sums up the last two games for the Rockies.

Aaron Cook (0-5, 5.82 ERA) was not helped by two Stewart errors and one bobble by Dexter Fowler, but he failed to make it through five complete innings. He allowed three runs on a Casey McGehee sac fly in the second inning and a single in the fifth and a George Kottaras double in the fifth as well. Matt Beilisle allowed a Mark Kotsay RBI single in the sixth for a 4-1 lead at the time.

Seth Smith picked up an RBI in the fourth inning when he lined a ball that hit off of Rickie Weeks' glove and wound up scoring Dexter Fowler on a single to shallow center field. The to start the sixth inning, Jason Giambi launched a home run (10) to the upper deck in right field, the second this season and the 32nd in park history

Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum (8-3, 3.39 ERA) left the game with an injury after that home run, ending his day at five innings pitched and two runs allowed. Ty Wigginton doubled in the third run in the bottom of the ninth off of John Axford.

Carlos Gonzalez went hitless in five at-bats and Troy Tulowitzki went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, ending the game with the third one while runners were on first and second base.

The Rockies (45-50, 24-24 home) stay at Coors Field for a series with the Atlanta Braves starting Monday.

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Brewers Vs. Rockies: Shaun Marcum, Aaron Cook Take Mound On Sunday

The Colorado Rockies had their momentum turned to ice on Saturday night when the Milwaukee Brewers defeated them, 8-7, on a Rickie Weeks homer in the top of the ninth. Coupled with the blown call at home plate that resulted in the ejections of Chris Iannetta and Tom Runnells, it was a tough loss to swallow. But the teams are back at it on Sunday afternoon and the Rockies can still pick up a series victory.

The Brewers will look to Shaun Marcum (7-3, 3.39 ERA) to salvage anything out of this trip to Coors Field. Marcum found himself in Milwaukee following a trade with the Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie and has seen improvements in several categories. He's given up fewer hits per nine innings (7.5) and increased his strikeouts per nine innings to 8.1, a career-high. He is walking slightly more batters at 2.7 per nine innings. On May 21, Marcum tamed the Rockies at Miller Park by holding them to one run on four hits in eight innings. Marcum has one career relief appearance at Coors Field, which came in 2006 when he was with the Blue Jays.

Aaron Cook (0-4, 5.82) begins the second half of the season with a spot in the Rockies rotation, but for how long is anyone's guess. Cook had two decent starts among his six in the first half, but he is coming off an absolute disaster in Atlanta. The Braves tagged him for seven runs on 10 hits in five innings. If Cook can get his sinker working, the Rockies should be in good shape.

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

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Brewers Vs. Rockies: Rickie Weeks Homer Dooms Colorado To 8-7 Loss

The Colorado Rockies were unable to get their third straight victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, falling to them, 8-7. Rickie Weeks took Huston Street deep with a two-run homer to deep center field in the top of the ninth for go-ahead and insurance runs. It was a wild one even before that.

This game turned in the seventh inning. The Rockies led 3-2 at the start of the inning, Corey Hart hitting a two-run homer earlier in the fifth inning. Jhoulys Chacin left the game with the bases loaded. Presented with the situation, Matt Reynolds looked like he was going to get an out at home plate on a Nyjer Morgan sac bunt. However, Todd Helton messed up on the flip to home plate, allowing two runs to score. 

Mark Kotsay was the next batter and he hit into a fly out to center field. Corey Hart attempted to score on the fly out and it looked like he was tagged out. However, home plate umpire Cory Blaser blew the call (photo) and ejected both catcher Chris Iannetta and manager Jim Tracy.

The Rockies briefly retook the lead, 6-5, in the bottom of the inning on a Todd Helton RBI double and a Troy Tulowitzki single (who was thrown out at second trying to extend the play). But Matt Lindstrom gave back a run when George Kottaras hit an RBI ground out in the top of the eighth. Todd Helton added another run in the bottom of the ninth, too late to do much.

Jhoulys Chacin (8-8, 3.37 ERA) was charged with five runs in 6.1 innings, while all three runs Zack Greinke allowed (all in the second inning) were unearned due to bad defense.

The Rockies (45-49, 24-23 home) finish this series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET. Shaun Marcum and Aaron Cook are the scheduled starters.

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Brewers Vs. Rockies: Zack Greinke, Jhoulys Chacin Duel On Saturday Night

The Rockies are assured of at least a split with the Milwaukee Brewers in their four-game series to start the second half of the season. The Rockies took the first game, 12-3, and then saw rookie Juan Nicasio throw seven dominant innings in a 4-0 victory on Friday night.

In order to continue that winning streak, the Rockies will need to do it against Zack Greinke (7-3, 5.45 ERA). Greinke did get a late start to the season, making his first appearance not until May 4. Three starts later on May 20, Greinke faced the Rockies in Milwaukee and took a no-decision after allowing four runs in six innings. He struck out nine, though. Rockies fans will remember thus game as the one in which Rafael Betancourt, Huston Street and Felipe Paulino each blew a save opportunity, the last allowing a walk-off home run to Prince Fielder in the bottom of the 14th inning. That was Paulino's ultimate demise with the club.

Since then, Greinke has allowed four runs four more times, including eight-run and seven-run games in June. Tow July starts saw him allow nine total runs so far. But he also has four games of 10 strikeouts and two games on nine strikeouts over that time as well.

For the Rockies, Jhoulys Chacin will look to end a three-game losing streak, though that July 10 2-0 loss to the Washington Nationals was a brilliant start (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R). The Rockies will need another strong half from Chacin in their battle to make up ground in the NL West.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. MT

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Brewers Vs. Rockies: Juan Nicasio Impresses In 4-0 Colorado Victory

The Colorado Rockies aren't the only team celebrating their 4-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. The Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place in the NL Central, one loss up on the St. Louis Cardinals (who lost on a walk-off home run on Friday night to the Reds). The Rockies, meanwhile, are still staring at an eight-game deficit in the NL West.

But right now the Rockies should look at what they've gotten in the first two games of the second half of the season. In particular, rookie Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.24 ERA) was lights-out on Friday night, shutting out the Brewers for seven innings on four hits and no walks. Nicasio faced 23 batters, two over the minimum thanks as a result of two double plays. Matt Lindstrom and Huston Street shut the door over the final two innings, the latter striking out two.

The Rockies got to Chris Narveson in three of the six innings he pitched. Recently-recalled Dexter Fowler doubled to start the bottom of the first, moved to third on a Mark Ellis ground out and scored on a Narveson wild pitch. Todd Helton singled in Mark Ellis in the third and seventh innings, the latter run scoring on Takashi Saito. Troy Tulowitzki doubled in Dexter Fowler for his 59th RBI of the season.

The Rockies (45-48, 24-22 home) and the Brewers plat on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. MT. Zack Greinke and Jhoulys Chacon are the scheduled starters.

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Brewers Vs. Rockies: Colorado Looks To Reestablish Winning Streak

The Colorado Rockies had a winning streak interrupted last weekend when the Washington Nationals took the final game of their series, and that was followed by the All-Star Break. But on Thursday, the Rockies picked things up once again by clobbering the Milwaukee Brewers, 12-3. Ubaldo Jimenez was solid enough in six innings and Ryan Spilborghs and Ian Stewart showed up with their bats.

The Rockies are still without Carlos Gonzalez. Outfielder Dexter Fowler is expected to be called up to help alleviate the situation, but this seems like a temporary move, not a second chance like Stewart received (or third chance, by most counts).

Chris Narveson is not really a stranger to the Rockies. He was one of the players sent to Colorado from St. Louis on the 2004 Larry Walker trade. But the Rockies eventually moved him to Boston for Byung-Hyun Kim in 2005. And since 2009, he has been in the majors with the Brewers. This will be his third start in Coors Field, pitching five innings each time for a 5.40 ERA. On the road, Narveson is 1-3 with a 5.72 ERA in nine starts.

Rookie Juan Nicasio has eight starts under his belt as he starts the second half of the season. There have been hints of a strong pitcher in him, as seen in his Jul 1 start. He held Kansas City to three hits and zero runs in eight innings. But that was against the Royals. The Braves hit him around for five runs on July 7.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.

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Brewers Vs. Rockies Final Score: Colorado's Offense Shows Up In 12-3 Victory

The Colorado Rockies kicked off the second half of the season with a bang, defeating the Brewers, 12-3, on Thursday night. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-8, 4.08 ERA) pitched effectively for six innings for the win. He gave up two runs on a pair of doubles, including one by pitcher Yovani Gallardo, over the first and second innings. But it was his RBI single in the bottom of the second inning that tied the game at two and kept the Rockies in the game.

Ryan Spilborghs started the bottom of the first inning with a home run (3). In the second inning, Jimenez came to the plate with Ty Wigginton on third base following back-to-back ground outs. It was a single up the middle on the left side of second base.

The fireworks from the Rockies offense started in the fourth inning. In the fourth inning, singles by Chris Iannetta, Ryan Spilborghs and Mark Ellis and a double by Troy Tulowitzki each drove in a run. Ellis added an RBI double in the sixth inning.

Spilborghs became the man of the night, going 4-for-6 with four RBI. He added the last two RBI in the seventh when he doubled in Ian Stewart and Chris Iannetta. Stewart picked up three hits (two doubles) and scored twice. Cole Garner had started the scoring in the seventh when he drew a bases-loaded walk and an eighth-inning infield single plated the Rockies' 12th run.

The Rockies (44-48, 23-22 home) continue this series on Friday evening at 6:40 p.m. Juan Nicasio and Chris Narveson are the scheduled starters.

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Brewers Vs. Rockies: Colorado Looks To Start Off Second Half Right

The Colorado Rockies start the second half of the season off with a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers in Coors Field. Undoubtedly the Rockies would like to start off strong and then carry that throughout August and September, leading to a triumphant return to Rocktober.

They will look for Ubaldo Jimenez (4-8, 4.14 ERA) to be the dominant pitcher that he should have been at the start of the season. The injury to his thumb on Opening Day and then a trip to the disabled list were obstacles the Rockies were able to overcome. But when he returned, Jimenez struggled with his control and had trouble maintaining his velocity. Things began to turn around for him on June 1 when he fired off a complete game shutout against the Dodgers on four hits allowed. As of late, Jimenez has looked strong, throwing eight innings of one-run ball against the Nationals. He struck out eight and walked one.

The Rockies will be without outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for at least Thursday's game as he still has the brace on his right wrist.

The Brewers turn to Yovani Gallardo (10-5, 3.76 ERA) to start their second half. Gallardo started the Brewers' first game of the season back on March 31. After taking the no-decision in the start, he went on to pitch well enough and have enough offense behind him to win 10 games in the first half. He picked up six straight wins from early may to early June, allowing seven runs in that span. After averaging 9.9 and 9.7 strikeouts each of the previous two seasons, Gallardo has slipped to 8.0 this season, but he's made up for it by getting ground balls 48 percent of the time.

Expected pitching matchups:

Yovani Gallardo vs. Ubaldo Jimenez, 6:40 p.m. MT, ROOT


Chris Narveson vs. Juan Nicasio, 6:40 p.m. MT, ROOT

Zack Greinke vs. Jhoulys Chacin, 6:10 p.m. MT, ROOT

Shaun Marcum vs. Aaron Cook, 1:10 p.m. MT, ROOT

For more on the Rockies, visit Purple Row. Check out Brew Crew Ball to get caught up on the Brewers.

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