The Colorado Rockies are in mostly uncharted territory on Friday, possessing a chance to win five games in a row. Colorado picked up a 5-3 series-opening victory against the Miami Marlins on Thursday night after taking all three games from the Milwaukee Brewers to start the week.
Jeff Francis improved to 4-4 and lowered his ERA to 5.99 after pitching 5.1 innings of three-run ball against the Brewers on Monday. That was his longest outing since pitching into the seventh on July 25. He was allowed to throw 97 pitches in that contest but since then has racked up the pitches over fewer innings.
The Padres put Wade LeBlanc (1-2, 1.45 ERA) on the mound. The lefty spent all of July as a reliever for the Marlins, but he moved into the rotation at the start of August. After pitching into the fifth inning into his first two starts, LeBlanc made it through seven full innings on Aug. 12. He allowed just one run to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but his offense provided no run support and the team lost, 5-0.
This game is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT, can be seen on ROOT Sports and heard on 850 KOA.
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