A rain delay and a plain lack of hitting (more the latter than the former) sent the Rockies to a 3-1 defeat against the San Diego Padres on Monday night. Attempt No. 2 in this series begins Tuesday night at 6:40 p.m. MT.
The Padres originally planned to have Dustin Moseley start Tuesday's game, but his shoulder has not allowed him to start. Wade LeBlanc (0-1) will start in his place, making his second start of the season upon recall from Triple-A. He threw eight innings, allowed three runs and picked up the loss. The Padres managed to score just one run for him.
LeBlanc has been in and out of the majors since 2008, making a career-high 25 starts for the Padres in 2010. He allowed nearly 10 hits per nine innings and struck out just under seven batters per nine that season. He is 5-1 in Triple-A this season, but he sports a 5.24 ERA and a 1.442 WHIP.
Juan Nicasio (1-1) makes his fourth start while looking to find the success he had in his game. After allowing one unearned run in seven innings for his first time in the majors, Nicasio gave up three runs in six innings and then four runs in five innings over his next two starts. He certainly had problems getting through five innings, but he walked just one while striking out four. After Tuesday's game, Nicasio will have faced three of his four opponents in the NL West.