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.