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