The Colorado Rockies had a chance to complete a thrilling comeback on Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Todd Helton had just walked with the bases loaded, bringing the score to 8-5. But predictably, Troy Tulowitzki popped up for the second out, killing the momentum. Seth Smith grounded out to finish the game.
Jhoulys Chacin (8-7, 3.60) will take the mound in hopes of turning things around for the Rockies. He will look to snap a couple of bad starts when he faces the Dodgers for the third time this season. He has thrown 15 shutout innings against the Dodgers this season, including an impressive nine-strikeout performance in June. But both those starts came at Coors Field. In his last two starts (Milwaukee, Atlanta), he has allowed 10 runs in 11 innings.
Clayton Kershaw (11-4, 2.72 ERA) will make his third start against the Rockies, and like Chacin this will the first in Los Angeles. It is a rematch of their April 5 duel when Kershaw took the loss after allowing three runs. Chacin held the Dodgers scoreless. Kershaw has been ringing up the strikeouts lately with 61 in his last six starts. He's struck out a season-high 12 in his last start and held the Giants scoreless for eight innings in the Dodger's 1-0 victory.
First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. MT.