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.