National League Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, August 14th (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (52-62) at Colorado Rockies (42-71), 8:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (3-8, 5.46) Colorado - Tyler Chatwood (2-2, 5.06)
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies will shoot for a rare winning streak at home when they continue a three-game series versus the Milwaukee Brewers this evening from Coors Field.
The Rockies haven't won back-to-back games in front of the home crowd since June 28 and 29, and recorded a 9-6 victory over the Brewers in last night's series opener. Jeff Francis pitched to even his record at 4-4 and allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
DJ LeMahieu registered a career-high four hits and knocked in two runs, while Eric Young Jr., Tyler Colvin and Chris Nelson finished with two hits and an RBI for Colorado, which had a 15-9 advantage in hits and opened a seven-game homestand on a positive note.
"Offensively we continued to do some of the things that have made us successful over the past week," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "Just a very well played game and good offense up and down throughout our lineup."
Tracy will pin pitching duties on Tyler Chatwood Tuesday and he was able to get back into the win column in Friday's 3-0 win at San Francisco. Chatwood delivered five shutout innings and ended a five-game winless drought (0-2) in the process. He is now 2-2 in nine games (2 starts) with a 5.06 ERA.
Chatwood, a right-hander, has never faced Milwaukee.
The Brewers had won four of six games until Monday's loss and didn't get much help from starting pitcher Michael Fiers. Fiers was hammered for eight runs and nine hits in only two innings of work.
"The command of the fastball and the off-speed stuff wasn't there," admitted Brewers manager Ron Roenicke of his starter. "(He) missed his location in some areas where we knew those guys were good."
Carlos Gomez belted a two-run homer and Rickie Weeks added a three-run shot for the Brewers, who are 1-12 on the road since the All-Star break and 19-36 overall away from Miller Park this season.
Milwaukee will be counting on veteran Randy Wolf to pitch the ballclub back into the win column and he is just 3-8 in 23 games (22 starts) to go along with a 5.46 earned run average. Wolf is 0-2 in his last four starts and did not figure into the decision of a 3-2 win over Cincinnati on Wednesday, as he fired six innings of two-run ball and struck out seven.
Wolf, a left-hander, is only 1-3 in 10 road games, nine of which have been starts, this season. However, he has pitched well in his career against the Rockies as evidenced by a 7-3 mark and 3.73 ERA in 16 starts.
Colorado won two of three meetings at Milwaukee from April 20-22 this season.
08/14 10:33:37 ET