The Colorado Rockies have already thanked Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro for his three errors that led to three unearned runs in Monday's 5-3 victory, but they'll need a different approach on Tuesday night. Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome went 5-for-5, all singles. The Rockies had four hits total. Cubs starter Matt Garza and two relievers combined to strike out 11 Rockies.
The Rockies will have Jorge De La Rosa on the mound. He didn't pitch in the previous series with the Cubs, but he enters the game on a two-game winning streak. He kept the Giants down in his last start, allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out six over seven innings. He has allowed just one home run so far this season.
James Russell, meanwhile, will make his first start against the Rockies, but it will be his second appearance. He pitched one inning of relief against them in an April 15 5-0 loss (the Jhoulys Chacin complete game shutout). Russell has been making relief appearances in between starts, and in his April 20 start he left in the fifth inning, having allowed four runs. The Rockies will look for his fastball that averages around 87.5 M.P.H. and a slider he uses about 30 percent of the time. He's started to use his changeup more, but his curveball makes just rare appearances.
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