With Esmil Rogers and Juan Nicasio in the rotation, the Colorado
Rockies may not miss Ubaldo Jimenez at all.
Following Rogers’ solid outing, Nicasio will try to stay
unbeaten at Coors Field as the Rockies continue their four-game
series with the Washington Nationals on Friday night.
Rogers pitched 5 2-3 innings, allowing a run and seven hits, as
the Rockies (52-60) halted a four-game losing streak with a 6-3
victory Thursday. Rogers inherited Jimenez’s rotation spot after
the ace was dealt to Cleveland on Saturday for a package of
“It’s sad that he left but it opened up an opportunity for me,”
said Rogers, who improved to 5-1.
Nicasio (4-3, 3.95 ERA) has also gotten the chance to prove
himself this year – something the rookie has done especially well
at Coors Field, going 4-0 with a 1.58 ERA in six home starts and
allowing one or zero runs in four of those outings.
Right-handed hitters are batting .164 against the right-hander
in Denver, with 16 strikeouts and two walks.
“At Coors Field, it usually takes more concentration,” Nicasio
told the Rockies’ official website. “My fastball needs to be down
Nicasio is looking for his first win in four starts, with his
last two coming on the road. He gave up two runs – one earned – and
struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings Sunday, but Colorado’s
bullpen faltered in an 8-3 loss at San Diego.
Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann (6-9, 3.12) will try to build off
a strong start in his last game.
The right-hander surrendered seven hits in six scoreless
innings, although he didn’t get a decision in the Nationals’ 3-2
win over the New York Mets on Sunday. Zimmermann had allowed six
runs in each of his previous two outings, both after extended
layoffs as the team tries to limit his innings.
“He had too much rest,” manager Davey Johnson told the
Nationals’ official website. “He was too strong, rushing, getting
out in front. (Against New York) he was much better – 10 times
better – and it showed.”
Zimmermann’s most recent win came against Colorado on July 10,
when he yielded four hits and fanned six in 6 1-3 innings of a 2-0
He is 3-4 in 11 road starts, but has allowed two runs or fewer
in eight of them. Washington has often struggled to generate
offense while going 21-35 on the road, batting .224 and scoring
three or fewer runs more than half the time.
Ryan Zimmerman had three hits Thursday – including a two-run
double in the ninth – but Washington (53-58) still opened a 10-game
trip with its fifth loss in six road games. Zimmerman is hitting
.446 (25 for 56) during a 13-game hitting streak, but he’s failed
to homer and has driven in only four.
Troy Tulowitzki had three hits Thursday, finishing a triple shy
of the cycle, and Ty Wigginton and Chris Nelson added two hits and
an RBI apiece for the Rockies, who have won 17 of the last 21
matchups with Washington.