The Colorado Rockies have just two more games against the San Francisco Giants, their NL West Division rivals, in 2012. After losing the first two games of the final four game series in AT&T Park, Colorado needs a big starting pitching performance to have any hope of avoiding a series loss.
The Rockies send Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 5.65) to the mound. The youngest member of the starting rotation, Chatwood has been bounced around all season. He started 2012 in the bullpen, then moved down to AA Tulsa before returning to the Rockies' rotation in August. While Chatwood's season has been chaotic, he has enjoyed success against San Francisco in 2012. Through 11.1 innings this season against the Giants, Chatwood has allowed only two earned runs and turned in his best performance of the season on August 10 in San Francisco, a start that covered five shutout innings while allowing only three total hits.
The Giants will counter with their best (and most consistent) starter Matt Cain (14-5, 2.93), who has been absolutely dominant against Colorado for his career. Over 27 career starts, Cain has a 14-7 record with a 3.20 ERA. He has only faced the Rockies once in 2012, a dominant performance on August 11 where he pitched into the eighth inning, allowing only two earned runs.
First pitch is scheduled for 8:15pm MT. Broadcast will be available on ROOT and 850 KOA.
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