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Rockies Vs. Padres: Pomeranz Heads To Mound Looking For Series Win

The Colorado Rockies used an early barrage against the San Diego Padres in the series opener on Friday night,, staking a 5-0 lead in the first inning that they would not surrender. Colorado has two more chances to win the series against the Padres, who have been one of the better teams in all of baseball the second half of the season.

It's a matchup of young, highly touted pitching prospects as Drew Pomeranz (1-8, 4.80) takes the mound for Colorado. Much like most of the Rockies' young pitching staff, Pomeranz's inability to maintain command has limited his ability to go deep into games. In his previous start, Pomeranz pitched 4.0 innings, allowing only a single run and striking out three.

HIs counterpart on the mound will be rookie Casey Kelly (1-1, 7.07). Acquired from the Boston Red Sox in the Adrian Gonzalez trade two seasons ago, Kelly has been hit hard in his last two MLB starts. He faced Colorado on September 9, surrendering seven runs (five earned) in less than six innings. He was shelled in his last start, a dismal outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks where he allowed six runs in less than three innings.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on ROOT and 850 KOA.

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