The Colorado Rockies had a winning streak interrupted last weekend when the Washington Nationals took the final game of their series, and that was followed by the All-Star Break. But on Thursday, the Rockies picked things up once again by clobbering the Milwaukee Brewers, 12-3. Ubaldo Jimenez was solid enough in six innings and Ryan Spilborghs and Ian Stewart showed up with their bats.
The Rockies are still without Carlos Gonzalez. Outfielder Dexter Fowler is expected to be called up to help alleviate the situation, but this seems like a temporary move, not a second chance like Stewart received (or third chance, by most counts).
Chris Narveson is not really a stranger to the Rockies. He was one of the players sent to Colorado from St. Louis on the 2004 Larry Walker trade. But the Rockies eventually moved him to Boston for Byung-Hyun Kim in 2005. And since 2009, he has been in the majors with the Brewers. This will be his third start in Coors Field, pitching five innings each time for a 5.40 ERA. On the road, Narveson is 1-3 with a 5.72 ERA in nine starts.
Rookie Juan Nicasio has eight starts under his belt as he starts the second half of the season. There have been hints of a strong pitcher in him, as seen in his Jul 1 start. He held Kansas City to three hits and zero runs in eight innings. But that was against the Royals. The Braves hit him around for five runs on July 7.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.