National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 25th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (12-11) at Los Angeles Dodgers (13-10), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jordan Lyles (3-0, 3.04)
Los Angeles - Josh Beckett (0-0, 2.57)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Lyles will try to secure his fourth straight
victory on Friday night as the Colorado Rockies begin a three-game series with
the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Lyles is off to a 3-0 start through four outings, posting a 3.04 earned run
average. The right-hander hurled a season-high seven innings last time out on
Saturday in a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and was charged with
just one unearned run on five hits and a walk.
"He's really given us a lift in that rotation," Rockies manager Walt Weiss
said of Lyles.
The 23-year-old Lyles will face the Dodgers for the second time in his career
and probably won't look back at the first outing for tips. In that game, on
Aug. 14, 2011 during his rookie season with Houston, Lyles was hammered for
seven runs on seven hits, including three homers, over 5 1/3 frames.
Colorado lost for the second time in seven games on Wednesday, falling 12-10
to the San Francisco Giants in 11 innings. Reliever Chad Bettis served up a
grand slam to the Giants' Hector Sanchez in the 11th frame, one of six homers
hit by San Francisco in the game.
Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame to make it a
two-run game, while Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon also went deep in
"It was one of those days where the ball was flying," said Weiss.
Colorado will try to keep swinging a hot bat tonight against Josh Beckett, who
has yet to record a decision in three starts this season while posting a 2.57
Though Beckett has logged just five innings in consecutive starts, both
outings by the righty were scoreless. He yielded just one hit and two walks
while fanning seven in his club's 4-1 win over Arizona on Sunday.
"I've done a decent job my last couple of outings," said the 33-year-old
Beckett. "There is always room for improvement. I need to work on my spots."
Beckett is 5-3 lifetime versus the Rockies with a 4.10 ERA.
The Dodgers are 3-4 on a 10-game homestand and lost three of four versus the
Phillies to begin the week. They failed to earn a split of the set with
Thursday's 7-3 loss.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer and Juan Uribe connected on a two-run shot,
but the Phils forged ahead by scoring four runs in the ninth inning.
"We have to continue to grind and get better," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly
said. "We've hit a lot of home runs it seems like this year, but we haven't
consistently put a bunch of runs up."
The Rockies held a slim 10-9 advantage over the Dodgers in last season's
series, winning six of 10 in Los Angeles.
04/25 10:30:36 ET