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National Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 5th (All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (1-6) at Colorado Rockies (2-3), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Brandon McCarthy (0-0, 6.75) Colorado - Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 10.38)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Arizona right-hander Brandon McCarthy goes after his first win of the season on Saturday when the Diamondbacks continue a three- game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
McCarthy did not get a decision on Monday against San Francisco and pitched better than his numbers may indicate, as he allowed five runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings of his team's 9-8 loss.
Arizona is hoping for a big season from McCarthy, who was terrific this spring, going 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four Cactus League starts.
Colorado will hand the ball to lefty Jorge De La Rosa, who will try to bounce back from a poor showing in an Opening Day loss in Miami. The Marlins ripped De La Rosa for four runs and five hits in just 4 1/3 innings of that one. He had struck out six and surrendered just one run through four innings before running into trouble in the fifth.
"I did my best today, but I lost my focus," said De La Rosa. "My first four innings were really good."
De La Rosa has faced the D'backs 20 times (16 starts) and is 8-5 against them with a 2.40 ERA.
Colorado rolled in the opener of this set on Friday, as Charlie Blackmon went 6-for-6 and was a triple shy of the cycle to guide the Rockies to a 12-2 thrashing in their home-opener.
Blackmon had three doubles and a two-run homer and picked up five RBI for Colorado. Carlos Gonzalez drove in four as he went 2-for-4 with a triple and a two-run homer. Michael Cuddyer, Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Culberson picked up an RBI apiece.
Blackmon's six hits tied the franchise record set by Andres Galarraga on July 3, 1995, in a game against Houston.
"I guess (Galarraga) had a six-hit game here in 1995 and I would have been here if it was '95. I don't remember but I thought it was the first 6-for-6 I had seen," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Blackmon's performance.
Colorado starter Juan Nicasio (1-0) hurled seven quality frames, fanning six and walking one, while allowing four hits and one run.
Paul Goldschmidt had an RBI single, moving his hit streak to 26 games dating back to last season. It's the longest active streak and second-longest in Diamondbacks history, behind Luis Gonzalez' 30 games in 1999.
Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run for Arizona, which saw starter Randall Delgado (0-1) get knocked around for 10 hits and six runs through four-plus innings.
"Fastball command is essential to every body and Randall (Delgado) couldn't do it," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said of his starter's struggles. "We were trying to get the ball in certain places and we couldn't get it there and the Rockies made us pay for it."
Arizona was 12-7 last season versus the Rockies.
04/05 10:34:22 ET