Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, June 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (26-43) at Texas Rangers (44-27), 3:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Josh Outman (0-3, 8.41)
Texas - Colby Lewis (6-5, 3.00)
(Sports Network) - Josh Outman doesn't have a victory yet this season. The
Colorado Rockies have barely cracked the win column in interleague play in
2012 and today hope to stop Texas' seven-game winning streak.
Also, the Rockies hope to avoid securing at least a tie for a team record for
fewest wins against the American League. Colorado is just 1-12 in interleague
play this year, including 0-10 against the AL West. The Rockies' fewest wins
during interleague in a single season is two in 2001 (2-10).
Pitching has been the primary problem for the Rockies, who are last in team
ERA in the National League. They also have been struggling at the plate,
scoring two runs or less in four of their last six contests.
With defeats in 13 of their last 15 games, the Rockies will look to Outman
pitching on three days' rest for hope of evening this three-game series today.
The lefty, who will make his 13th appearance, including fifth start, is coming
off a loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday when he allowed five hits and four runs
over 4 1/3 innings. He's 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA in four career starts vs. Texas.
The Rangers counter with Colby Lewis, who has complete games in two of his
last three starts. The righty, who is 4-1 at home this year, has won his last
two starts overall. Lewis is 8-2 with a 1.94 ERA in his last 11 starts against
the NL overall, but he's never faced the Rockies.
Last night, Roy Oswalt made his Rangers debut and fired 6 2/3 innings of one-
run ball, lifting Texas to a 4-1 triumph.
In his 110-pitch outing, Oswalt (1-0) fanned six and surrendered a run on nine
hits and a walk. He was chased from the contest following Marco Scutaro's RBI
double in the seventh.
Oswalt left to a standing ovation.
"He used his fastball around the zone, he had a really good changeup working
tonight," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He threw some good breaking
balls. He kept the defense engaged. For the most part he kept the ball down.
He did an outstanding job. He was ready to pitch."
The Mississippi native signed a minor league contract with Texas on May 29 and
went 1-1 with a 5.87 earned run average in four starts between Triple-A Round
Rock and Double-A Frisco.
Adrian Beltre smacked a two-run homer, while Mike Napoli added a solo shot for
the Rangers, who moved to an MLB-best 13-3 in interleague play. Joe Nathan
registered his 16th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Christian Friedrich (4-4) was charged with four runs on seven hits and a walk
in six innings for Colorado.
"A lot of opportunities were with two outs. We couldn't start innings and
sustain innings," Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer said. "It's tough to get
three hits in a row with two outs."
06/23 10:26:17 ET