The Colorado Rockies are sending right-hander Tyler Chatwood (3-2, 4.28) to the mound this evening to match-up with Nathan Eovaldi (3-8, 4.28), also a righty, of the Florida Marlins in a 6:10 pm MDT start at Coors Field in Denver. The Rockies look to make it 5 out of 6 on the current seven-game homestand that wraps-up Sunday afternoon before a trip to New York, as they aim to take 3 of 4 from Miami. Colorado’s 4-game winning streak came to an end Friday evening when the Marlins’ John Buck drove home Donovan Solano with a sixth inning double.
Josh Roenicke had come-on in relief of Jeff Francis for the Rockies with a 5-4 lead and proceeded to serve-up a 474 foot rocket to Giancarlo Stanton on an 82 MPH cutter. Solano followed with a triple into center-field and after Roenicke retired third-baseman Gil Velasquez, Buck smacked the liner to right that doomed Colorado. It was Roenicke’s third consecutive shaky appearance in a break-out year for the 30 year old, whose 72 2/3 current innings are just short of his career high 78 1/3. The Rockies were unable to tally any more, but Eric Young Jr and DJ Le Mahieu continued their hot streaks with 2 hits each. Shortstop Josh Rutledge returned to the lineup with 2 hits and 2 runs scored, and catcher Wilin Rosario had 2 RBI singles in the 6-5 defeat.
Chatwood pitched well Tuesday against the Brewers, surrendering one earned run on 4 hits in six innings, and walking none on 77 pitches. Since his return from Tulsa he’s improved his ERA by nearly
2 1/2 runs. Eovaldi, obtained from the Dodgers in the Hanley Ramirez trade, is 2-2/4.67 in four starts with Miami. He lost to the Phillies on Monday when Cole Hamels shut-out the Marlins 4-0, giving-up 2 earned runs in five innings on 8 hits.
It’ll be a cool summer night out at the old ball park, with temperatures dropping from 77° F at game time down into the 60′s by 9 pm, with 28% relative humidity and winds out of the east-northeast at about 7 MPH. ROOT Sports will have the TV broadcast with radio on KOA 850 am.
Michael Cuddyer returns to Colorado MFL Jim Tracy’s line-up at 1st-base. Carlos Gonzalez (Grandfather, Venezuela) is on the bereavement list as Young slides over to left and Tyler Colvin is in right-field. Charlie Blackmon has been called-up from Colorado Springs. Jordan Pacheco is back at third. Miami’s Ozzie Guillen is sitting pat except for swapping Rob Brantly in for Buck at catcher.