Rockies-Dodgers Game Two

rockiesThe Rockies lost in a good old fashioned shootout at Coors Field yesterday afternoon by the final score of 10-8. Jeff Manship took the loss for the Rockies, while Clayton Kershaw collected his 14th victory of the season despite giving up a season high in runs. The Rockies battle the Dodgers in Game Two of the series.

The Rockies offense had a great start tot he series as they finished the game with 8 runs on 18 hits. Wilin Rosario hit his 21st home run of the season and seven of the eight starting position players had multiple hits in the game.

Tonight the Rockies are handing the ball off to the capable hands of Jhoulys Chacin as he takes on the talented Dodgers lineup looking for his 14th victory of the season. On the year Chacin has a 13-7 record with a very good 3.08 ERA in 26 starts on the season. He was outstanding during his last start against the Giants as he took a no hitter into the seventh inning. He finished the game going seven innings allowing jst one hit, one run (no earned runs), issued two walks and struck out nine in the game. The nine strikeouts tied a season high which he also did in a game against the Astros at the end of May. Chacin is 8-3 at home this year with a 3.71 ERA in 15 games started. This will be his fourth start this year against the Dodgers and he will be trying to remain perfect against them. He has not pitched great against them but is 2-0 this year with a 5.09 ERA in his three previous starts against them. Current Dodgers have hit Chacin fairly well in their career matchups as they have a .323 average with six home runs and 24 RBI in 164 combined at bats. Chacin will catch a break today as Yasiel Puig will be out of the lineup after he strained his right knee in the game yesterday. Chacin will need to be careful with the Dodgers lineup even with Puig out of the lineup. They are clearly a determined team and that scares pitchers.

The Dodgers will give the ball to Ricky Nolasco who will be trying to tame the streaky Rockies offense. Nolasco was traded to the Dodgers from the Marlins on July 6th, and he has been a contributing factor to the recent success of the team. On the year he is 11-9 with a 3.26 ERA in 28 games started. He is starting to find his groove and in his last two starts he has gone a combined 16 innings allowing only 5 hits and no runs. He has won his last five decisions and has only one loss since joining the Dodgers in July. That one loss came at the hands of the Rockies who beat him on his first start at Dodger Stadium. In that game he lasted only five innings giving up eight hits, three runs, three walks and only struck out four. Other than that he has been perfect for the Dodgers staff. Current Rockies have done well against Nolasco in their career matchups as they have a .328 average with four home runs and 17 RBI in 116 combined at bats. He is not excited to face Michael Cuddyer, Todd Helton or Troy Tulowitzki tonight. Cuddyer is 6 for 10 with two home runs and six RBI, Todd Helton is 8 for 18 against him, and Tulowitzki is 6 for 15 with one home run, and three RBI. Hopefully those three will be able to cause some havoc in the game tonight as well.

The Dodgers lineup for the game tonight is as follows:
1. Carl Crawford, LF
2. Nick Punto, SS
3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
4. Michael Young, 3B
5. Andre Ethier, CF
6. Mark Ellis, 2B
7. Skip Schumaker, RF
8. Tim Federowicz, C
9. Ricky Nolasco, P

The Rockies lineup for the game tonight is as follows:
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
3. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
4. Michael Cuddyer, RF
5. Wilin Rosario, C
6. Todd Helton, 1B
7. Nolan Arenado, 3B
8. Charlie Blackmon, LF
9. Jhoulys Chacin, P

First pitch for the game tonight is scheduled for 6:40 PM Mountain time. The Rockies look to get back on track tonight and continue to break out offensively. The Dodgers will be trying to get above .500 against divisional opponents as they currently have a 27-27 record against the NL West teams. They are the only division leader to not have a winning record against teams in their division. Carlos Gonzalez was scratched from his rehab start last night with a flare up of his finger. Gonzalez said he was still going to try and come back this year, but he will need some more rest before attempting a comeback.

Dave Land

Dave Land

Dave is a Sports Administration Major at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He interned for the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche Group Ticket Sales departments. He's worked as an Event Manager for the Gold Crown Foundation. He has worked in sports through all facets of the game, and with Youth, High School, College, Minor Leagues, and Major Leagues at all different capacities.

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