While Colorado has the early lead in the NL West, the Rockies
have struggled to win in Arizona of late.
They look to avoid a fifth consecutive road loss to the
Diamondbacks when the teams continue a three-game set Wednesday
A 10-4 record on the road is a big reason Colorado (17-10) is
off to a strong start. However, the Rockies have lost eight of 10
at Chase Field following a 4-3 defeat Tuesday.
Justin Upton hit a tiebreaking homer to lead off the eighth
inning as Arizona (13-15) won for the fifth time in eight games
overall, and second in three versus Colorado in 2011.
The Rockies, meanwhile, have totaled 11 runs while dropping
three of their last four. Another loss Wednesday would give them
their first three-game skid of the year.
One recent bright spot for the Rockies has been slugger Carlos
Gonzalez, who continued to break out of his early slump by going 2
for 2 with his second homer Tuesday.
Gonzalez is 6 for 13 the last four games to raise his average 33
points to .247. He’s 13 for 26 with two home runs and seven RBIs
his last seven games versus Arizona.
“Of course I want a hit,” said Gonzalez, who hit an NL-leading
.336 with 34 homers in 2010. “I’m not concentrating on hitting home
runs. I’m just trying to get good swings and try to get back to
where I was. It’s hard because everyone expects you to do well
After Jorge De La Rosa struggled in his attempt for a fifth win,
Jhoulys Chacin (3-2, 2.91 ERA) looks to avoid losing his third
straight start when he takes the ball for the Rockies.
The right-hander allowed four earned runs over 22 innings in his
first three starts, but has given up seven over 12 innings during
his last two. Chacin’s teammates have totaled just one run during
his last two outings.
“The only thing you can do is try to pitch well and keep your
team in the game,” said Chacin, who did that by allowing three runs
in seven innings of a 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday.
Chacin went 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in four starts against the
Diamondbacks in 2010.
Upton is 0 for 8 with seven strikeouts against Chacin, but he
had three hits Tuesday and is 6 for 15 with two home runs in his
last four games.
Arizona’s Barry Enright (1-2, 5.76) is looking to build on his
first win since Sept. 1.
The right-hander was 0-7 with a 7.40 ERA his previous nine
starts before he allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings of an 11-2 win
over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
“It’s been a while since my last W,” Enright said. “I’m glad I’m
out of April now. It’s hard. It’s definitely hard when you lose a
few in a row.”
Enright was solid in his only previous appearance versus
Colorado, giving up a run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 3-1
home win Aug. 21.