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With an opportunity to win their series against the San Diego Padres, the Colorado Rockies couldn't deliver at the plate and fell 3-2 in the series-finale. Christian Friedrich was solid on the mound for Colorado, pitching five innings and allowing only two earned runs in the no-decision.
The Rockies generated all of their offense in the opening two innings of the game. Marco Scutaro got Colorado on the board in the opening inning with an RBI single. After San Diego tied the game in the first, DJ LeMahieu gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead with an RBI double. LeMahieu was the only player to record multiple hits for the Rockies.
In the rubber-match between the two teams in the cellar of the NL West Division, the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres are tied heading into the 7th inning. The Padres won the opener in the series, while the Rockies followed that up with an 8-6 win in 12 innings.
Both pitchers have been strong throughout the game, with each allowing only two earned runs. Christian Friedrich allowed only three hits and struck out two batters in five innings for the Rockies, while Ross Ohlendorf has struck out six batters through six innings.
At the plate, the Rockies scored in both the first and second innings. Marco Scutaro drove in the first run of the game in the opening inning. DJ LeMahieu then drove in Josh Rutledge on a double in the second inning.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz will have his next start be delayed by soreness in his throwing arm, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. It's unclear whether the present injury will require a trip to the disabled list, but he'll test his arm by playing catch tomorrow before a decision is made.
According to Renck, the Rockies will either replace Pomeranz with Carlos Torres or promote a pitcher from Triple-A to help out. Whoever gets the nod will start on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which is when Pomeranz was scheduled to pitch.
Torres, 29, hasn't started in Colorado this season, although he's spent his time with Triple-A Colorado Springs in the rotation. Over nine relief appearances with the Rockies this year, Torres has a 2.19 ERA with eight strikeouts and eight walks.
The Colorado Rockies are guaranteed to leave California in last place in the N.L. West, but they can salvage their weekend series vs. the San Diego Padres with a win on Sunday. The Rockies, who lost 9-5 on Friday, are coming off of an 8-6 extra innings victory on Saturday night that was their longest game of the season.
SP Jeff Francis pitched the first five frames, but gave up 5 earned runs. He still departed with the lead, however, as the Rockies mounted two comebacks in the fourth and fifth innings for a 6-5 lead heading into the eighth. But, in the bottom of the eighth, with RP Matt Belisle pitching, C Yasmani Grandal knocked soft liner to left field, scoring LF Carlos Quentin and tying the game at 8-8.
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|WP: Carlos Torres (1 - 0)
SV: Rafael Betancourt (16)
LP: Joe Thatcher (0 - 3)
The Colorado Rockies will have a pair of rookies on the mend. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, LHP Drew Pomeranz is struggling with a sore arm and may have his next start pushed back a few days. Meanwhile, C Wilin Rosario has an ankle injury that might send him to the DL, according to manager Jim Tracy:
"We have to see where Wilin is (Sunday). I don’t think at this time it’s a DL situation. But we have to see what happens going forward," Tracy said.
The Colorado Rockies enter Saturday's game against the San Diego Padres on a three-game losing streak, two losses to the Pittsburgh Pirates and one to the Padres to open this series. Overall, the Rockies are 2-5 since the second half of the season began -- a position which the Rockies most assuredly did not want to find.
After a 9-5 loss on Friday night, Jeff Francis (2-2, 4.76 ERA) looks to right the ship for the Rockies. He started off his second season well with five innings of one-run ball against the Pirates, which happened to be the one game the Rockies won in that series. However, a rain delay and bad pitches by Rafael Betancourt and Rex Brothers blew the game in the top of the ninth. The Rockies need a walkoff in the bottom of the ninth to take the victory.
Kip Wells (1-3, 2.82 ERA) pitched seven shutout innings against the Rockies at Coors Field on July 1, his first victory of the season. He hasn't quite repeated that success yet, losing his last two starts. Against Houston on July 16, Wells allowed two runs on three hits and five walks in 4.1 innings.
Tune into ROOT Sports or 850 KOA to catch the Rockies at 6:35 p.m. MT.
Colorado Rockies rookie catcher Wilin Rosario has been solid behind the plate in 2012, so everyone held their breath when he was forced to leave Friday night's game against the San Diego Padres after rolling his ankle while trying to block an errant pitch from Drew Pomeranz in the second inning. Luckily, Rosario only suffered a low-grade ankle sprain, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, and the 23-year-old backstop is listed as day-to-day.
Rosario has posted a .254/.290/.532 line over 214 plate appearances in 2012. Veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez replaced Rosario on Friday night and will likely fill in until the young prospect is cleared to start again.
Could the rookie catcher return for the debut of new Rockies pitcher Jonathan Sanchez on Monday?
On Friday morning, the Colorado Rockies traded veteran pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for 29-year-old lefty Johnathan Sanchez, and on Monday Sanchez will make his Rockies debut when Colorado takes on the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Trey Scott of MLB.com. Sanchez struggled mightily in the American League in 2012 -- posting a gaudy 7.76 ERA over 53.1 innings with the Royals -- but he has been a bit better in the National League over the course of his career.
In his six years as an NL pitcher, he managed to produce a more respectable 4.26 ERA over 708.0 innings, so perhaps his shift back via trade will reinvigorate his MLB career. The first chance to find out will come on Monday.
The Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres put up 11 combined runs over the first three innings of their game on Friday night, but Colorado started on the wrong side of the scoring and never quite recovered as they lost, 9-5. Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz held the Padres offense at bay for the first three outs, but things quickly deteriorated from that point. San Diego put up three runs in the second inning and four more in the third to jump out to an early 7-4 lead, ending the night for Pomeranz and setting up what turned out to be an insurmountable lead.
For more on how things broke badly for Colorado, here is a bit of the recap from SB Nation's Rockies blog:
Unfortunately, you aren't going to win many games when your starter gives up 7 runs on 9 hits in just 3 innings, as Drew Pomeranz did tonight. The poor outing raised Pomeranz's ERA on the year to a more Rockies-like 4.98. Josh Roenicke cleaned up the mess, albeit a little late, with 3.1 IP of 2 hit, 5 strikeout ball. Adding to the poor news, catcher Wilin Rosario left the game with a low grade ankle sprain early on -- he should be day to day.
With the loss, the Rockies drop to 3.5 back of the Padres and 22 games under .500.
The Rockies open up a weekend series against the Padres on Friday night with Drew Pomeranz on the mound. Michael Cuddyer is back in the lineup after sitting out the team's last game, as is catcher Wilin Rosario.
1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
4. Michael Cuddyer (R) 1B
5. Andrew Brown (R) RF
6. Jordan Pacheco (R) 3B
7. Wilin Rosario (R) C
8. Josh Rutledge (R) SS
9. Drew Pomeranz (R) P
1. Alexi Amarista (L) CF
2. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B
4. Carlos Quentin (R) LF
5. Chris Denorfia (R) RF
6. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
7. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
8. Everth Cabrera (S) SS
9. Jason Marquis (L) P
The Colorado Rockies head to San Diego to begin a three game series against the Padres.