The Colorado Rockies had finally started to put together a winning streak last week when they defeated the San Diego Padres in the final game of their road series and then took the first two games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the wheels came undone over the weekend when they allowed 21 runs over two games. But unlike previous games, the Rockies had an offense that attempted to keep up with the Dodgers. They scored 30 runs in the four-game series.
The Rockies (31-34) start this week off with another series against the San Diego Padres. After losing two of three games to the Rockies, the Padres hosted the Washington Nationals for four games. After taking the first game 7-3, the Padres dropped the next three games, scoring just two runs while allowing two per game. Former Rockies pitcher Jason Marquis threw six innings of one-run ball during that stretch for the Nationals. They are still last in the division, behind the Giants by 8.5 games.
The Padres will go with rookie starter Anthony Bass in this contest, his first major league start. Bass was drafted by the Padres in the fifth round of the 2008 draft and made his first Triple-A start recently after being called up from Double-A. At the lower level, Bass struck out 60 in 63.2 innings with a 3.53 ERA. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder throws a fastball in the low-90s and complements that with a slider and a changeup.
Aaron Cook makes his second start of the season after looking iffy in his first, which also came against the Padres. The Rockies won that game, 5-3, on a Troy Tulowitzki two-run double in the top of the ninth. However, Cook allowed three runs on six hits and four walks in 5.2 innings. Not bad, but not good. But in his career, Cook has a 14-4 record with a 2.92 ERA against the Padres.
Will the Rockies be able to get at the rookie Bass? Find out at 6:40 p.m. MT on ROOT.
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