DENVER, CO - AUGUST 6: Jhoulys Chacin #45 of the Colorado Rockies throws against the Washington Nationals during the game at Coors Field on August 6, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)

Rockies Vs. Reds: Chacin Pitches Gem, Colorado Still Drops Series Finale, 2-1

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Rockies Vs. Reds: Chacin Pitches Gem, Colorado Still Drops Series Finale, 2-1

Jhoulys Chacin has been very inconsistent the second half of this season. In the series finale against the Cincinnati Reds, the 23 year old right-hander was dominant.

After giving up two runs on four hits and a walk in the first inning, Chacin completely closed the door on the Reds’ offense by retiring 13 straight batters and only allowing two more hitters for the rest of the game. He finished the game with nine strikeouts and his second career complete game.

Unfortunately for the Colorado Rockies, they faced the NL ERA leader in Johnny Cueto, who was just as dominant. Colorado only managed five hits the entire game, and again failed with runners in scoring position.

With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez struck out swinging to end the rally. He also grounded into a double play with two runners on and no outs in the eighth inning. Seth Smith prevented the shutout with a solo homerun in the top of the ninth inning off Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero.

With the series split, Colorado now heads for a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Rockies Vs. Reds: Colorado Looks For 3rd Victory Over Cincinnati

The Colorado Rockies had a chance at picking up the series victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday evening, but they let it slip through their fingers. Kevin Millwood allowed all three of the Reds' runs in the 3-2 loss, but the Rockies offense put up just two runs on 13 hits. They'll look to do it against the Reds on Thursday afternoon.

Jhoulys Chacin (9-8, 3.45 ERA) wasn't his sharpest in his last outing, walking five batters in five innings. He allowed three runs in the 15-7 victory. He had fired off a one-run outing against the Phillies to start August. He threw a relief appearance in Cincinnati during 2010 for 2-2/3 innings, allowing one and striking out four.

Johnny Cueto (7-5, 2.06 ERA) has had a string of interesting starts of late. On July 31, Cueto threw a three-hit complete game shutout against the Giants, striking out six. But in his last start, he lasted just 3-2/3 innings after allowing five runs. Go back to his July 26 start and his line shows that he allowed six runs, but none earned. The Reds had three errors in a game against the Mets.

First pitch is scheduled for 10:35 a.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Reds: Kevin Millwood Solid In Colorado Debut But Takes Loss

One night after the Colorado Rockies won 3-2 against the Cincinnati Reds, the tables were turned on them. The Reds used three long balls to take the narrow victory on Wednesday evening.

Millwood (0-1, 3.86 ERA) gave up all of the home runs, two in the fourth inning to Edgar Renteria and Jay Bruce. Joey Votto's 18th of the season put the Reds ahead, 3-2. Millwood finished seven innings and struck out six in his first game of the season.

The Rockies' offense pounded out 13 hits, but only two runs crossed home plate. Dexter Fowler singled in a run in the fifth inning and Troy Tulowitzki hit his 23rd home run of the season in the sixth inning. Reds starter Mike Leake (10-7. 3.84 ERA) struck out five and allowed 11 of the 13 hits.

In the ninth inning, Eric Young Jr. entered the game as a pinch-runner after Eliezer Alfonzo doubled. Young stole third but was tagged out in a run down between third base and home plate on a Dexter Fowler fielder's choice. Chris Nelson also hit into a fielder's choice, which resulted in Dexter Fowler tagged out at third base to end the game.

The Rockies (55-63, 27-32 away) finish this series with an afternoon game on Thursday. Johnny Cueto and Jhoulys Chacin are the scheduled starters.

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Nicasio Has Returned Home After Surgery

Colorado Rockies rookie pitcher Juan Nicasio has been discharged from the hospital and is resting comfortably at home, just days after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae suffered against the Washington Nationals on August 5.

Nicasio has made steady improvement since the surgery, and now appears that he will not suffer any long term effects from the line drive that struck him on the base of the skull. It will be quite some time until we learn if he will ever pitch again, but for now Rockies’ fans are relieved to hear some good news about the young pitcher.

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Millwood Added To Roster, Stewart Optioned

The Colorado Rockies have made several roster changes before tonight's game against the Cincinnati Reds. Recent free agent signee Kevin Millwood will make his first start in a Rockies uniform, and he will be taking the roster spot of RHP Matt Lindstrom.

Lindstrom has been effective this year, but has been unavailable to pitch because of arm tightness. He will head to the 15 day disabled list.

The more significant roster move involves 3B Ian Stewart, who has suffered through a dreadful season. Currently batting .156 with a .464 OPS on the year, Stewart has not made any significant strides during his multiple callups. He has been optioned down to AAA Colorado Springs, and RHP Edgar Gonzalez will take his place.

Gonzalez, 28, give the Rockies another option in the bullpen, though one with limited MLB experience. He has not pitched since 2009 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

With this demotion, Stewart's MLB future with the Colorado Rockies appears to be very much in doubt.

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Rockies Vs. Reds: Kevin Millwood Makes Colorado Debut

The Colorado Rockies are already assured a split in their series with the Cincinnati Reds, but they will look for the series-clincher on Wednesday evening. They will need newly-signed Kevin Millwood to get things done.

Millwood was a good pitcher in 2009 for the Texas Rangers, but moved to Baltimore in 2010 and sank fast. He went 4-16 for the Orioles. He's bounced around the New York Yankees' and Boston Red Sox minor league systems, but neither team was willing to give him a spot in the rotation. Over the weekend, the Red Sox decided to release Millwood, which allowed the Rockies to swoop in and grab him. He is taking Juan Nicasio's place in the rotation.

The Reds turn to Mike Leake (9-7, 3.92 ERA) to pick up a win. Leake's ERA had floated above 4.00 for most of the season, but over his last two starts he has kept it in the high-3.90s. In his last start, he allowed three runs in six innings to Chicago Cubs and picked up his seventh loss. But in his previous three starts, he allowed five runs in 18-2/3 innings (though going 1-2). This will be his first career start against the Rockies.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Reds: Colorado Does Just Enough To Overcome Dontrelle Willis

The Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds went in opposition to Monday's game and saw strong pitching performances by each team's starter. However, the Rockies came out on top, 3-2, on Tuesday night.

Dontrelle Willis (0-2, 3.41 ERA) had his best start in at least four years. He allowed three runs in eight innings and struck out 10. In the second inning, Willis tripled in Ramon Hernandez for the temporary Cincinnati 1-0 lead. He attempted to score on a fielder's choice hit into Dave Sappelt but he was thrown out at home.

But come the fourth inning, Willis allowed a crack in his armor. Carlos Gonzalez was on first base after he hit into a fielder's choice that had Dexter Fowler out at second base. Troy Tulowitzki followed by depositing a ball into the left field stands for his 22nd home run of the season and a 2-1 Rockies lead.

Esmil Rogers (6-1, 5.85 ERA) did labor at several points in his outing, but he wound up allowing just one additional run after the Willis triple. In the fourth inning, Todd Frazier reached first base on a strikeout because the ball wound up as a wild pitch. Sappelt singled to put two men on base, which was followed by a fielder's choice to the pitcher by Edgar Renteria. That allowed Frazier to score.

In the fifth inning, Dexter Fowler hit an RBI single to break the 2-2 tie. Matt Reynolds, Josh Roenicke, Rex Brothers and Rafael Betancourt (SV 1) kept Cincinnati quiet for the final three innings of the game.

The Rockies (55-62, 27-31 away) play the Reds on Wednesday at 5:10 p.m. MT. Kevin Millwood is likely to make his Rockies debut as the starter while Mike Leake is scheduled for the Reds.

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Rockies Vs. Reds: Esmil Rogers Out To Continue String Of Good Outings

After Monday's display of power by the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies in the latter's 10-7 victory, will Tuesday's game continue to live up to the Great American Ball Park's reputation? Seven combined home runs by the two teams may be a tall order to overcome.

The Rockies turn to Esmil Rogers (5-1, 6.35 ERA), the pitcher who has taken Ubaldo Jimenez's place in the rotation. In his relief appearance on Jimenez and in the following start, Rogers has looked more like the pitcher from April 7 rather than the one that pitched the rest of that month. Against the Washington Nationals on Aug. 4, Rogers held the Nationals to one run in 5-2/3 innings and struck out six. He had allowed one run to the Padres in his five-inning relief appearance that started in the second inning.

The Reds have Dontrelle Willis (0-1, 3.41 ERA) on the mound for his sixth start of the season. Willis has been trying to find his form since 2007, which was the beginning of his decline. He has thrown a quality start in four of his five starts, allowing just three runs once in those starts and working into the seventh in one game. Willis is 4-1 with a 3.03 ERA in six career starts. In 2010, while with the Diamondbacks, Willis threw six shutout innings against the Rockies.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Reds: Colorado Comes Out On Top In 10-7 Rain-Delayed Game

It was an old-fashioned slugfest at the Great American Ballpark on Monday night. Fortunately for the Colorado Rockies, they emerged victorious in the 10-7 contest with the Cincinnati Reds. There were a total of seven home runs hit in the game, including two by Seth Smith.

The Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a Jay Bruce home run to right center field. However, Seth Smith countered with two two-run home runs (11), one in the second inning and the other in the third. Todd Helton's RBI single in the third helped the Rockies to a 5-3 lead after the top of the third inning. At that point, a passing rain system delayed the game for 94 minutes.

Jason Hammel came back out for the bottom of the third inning only to see Jay Bruce strike again on an RBI single and Drew Stubbs to club a two-run home run to left field. Hammel left after the fourth inning, having allowed six runs.

Todd Helton put the Rockies back in the lead with a two-run home run (13) in the fifth inning. But the seesaw game didn't end then. Brandon Phillips hit a pinch-hit home run off of Rex Brothers to start off the seventh inning to tie the game at seven. The Rockies took control of the game in the eighth inning with Carlos Gonzalez's two-run home run (16). Mark Ellis doubled in a run in the ninth of the Rockies' 10th run.

Matt Belisle, Rafael Betancourt (3 K) and Huston Street (2 K, 29th save) kept the Reds silent for the last 1-1/3 innings.

The Rockies (54-62, 26-31 away) continue this series on Tuesday at 5:10 p.m. MT with Dontrelle Willis and Esmil Rogers on the mound.

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Kevin Millwood Signs With Colorado Rockies, According To Report

The Colorado Rockies are in search of another starter now that Juan Nicasio is out for the season, recovering from his broken neck. Instead of looking at an internal option, the Rockies have signed Kevin Millwood, according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck. The Rockies have had interest in Millwood over the years and they finally fulfilled that on Monday.

Millwood could start for the Rockies on Wednesday, but nothing is for certain yet. How much he has left in his is also another question. Millwood was good in 2009 while with the Texas Rangers (13-10, 3.67 ERA), but then moved to the Orioles in 2010 and racked up a league-leading 16 losses.

He didn't get any major league offers in 2011, signing a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees. He made three starts over the Double-A and Triple-A levels for them before opting out of his contract after April. He joined the Red Sox in May and had made 13 starts (5-1, 4.28 ERA) for their Triple-A team before the team released. He was quite hittable (79 hits in 72-2/3 innings). Even with a thin rotation in Boston, the club, it appears, was not intent on giving him a shot.

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Reds Vs. Rockies: Colorado Visits Cncinnati For Road Test

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