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  • Rockies vs Cubs 4-23/4-24

    Wednesday April 23rd 6:35 MT__TV-CLTV, FSRM__RADIO KOA 850 am

    _______ Rockies vs Cubs_______

    Franklin Morales 1-1 6.50era vs Rich Hill 1-0 3.86era

    Colorado: After helping the club to the playoffs in a late callup last season, Morales is finding things more difficult as a member of the Opening Day rotation. But just when Morales was starting to look overwhelmed, he took a giant leap forward in his last start, a victory over the Astros. His team scored six first-inning runs, but he gave up four in the bottom of the frame. But by doing what the Rockies asked -- quickening his tempo, not thinking as much -- Morales righted himself and didn't give up a run for the next four innings

    Cubs: Hill is breathing a lot easier now. The young lefty picked up his first win in his last start on Friday against the Pirates. He had spent a week working on the side, and it paid off. Against Pittsburgh, he gave up one run on three hits and three walks while striking out four. Hill still has some issues to resolve, but this was an important first step. However, Coors Field may not be the best place for his next start. He is 0-2 with an 11.32 ERA in two games there.

    Clint Hurdle

    DENVER -- After three straight games in which the Rockies lost late leads, the bullpen faces questions over whether it is fatigued.
    After all, relievers not only absorbed 15 innings of a 22-inning, 2-1 victory at San Diego on Thursday, but just twice in the five games since has a Rockies starter gone as many as seven innings. And, counting Wednesday night's opener of two games with the Cubs at Coors Field, the Rockies have eight games left on a string of 16 straight days with a scheduled game.

    As right-hander Taylor Buchholz noted, it's tough to tell how tired relievers are.

    "It's funny," Buchholz said. "It always seems as if you're tired in the bullpen or you're never getting enough work. There's never that middle area where everyone's feeling great. But that's part of being down there."

    Left-hander Josh Newman, called up to replace Bowie, was summoned in the fifth inning of Triple-A Colorado Springs' game with Tacoma on Tuesday. He arrived at Coors in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game with the Phillies. "I barely made it. I almost died on the way to the airport because of the taxi driver," Newman said. "It's been a long day, but I'm excited and ready to help the team any way I can." ... Members of the University of Denver ski team, which won its 19th NCAA Division I national championship, were honored on the field before Tuesday night's game. ... Third baseman Garrett Atkins has homered in four of the last five games and three straight -- the Rockies' longest such run since Matt Holliday went deep in four straight from Sept. 9-12 of last season. The club record is five straight, shared by Dante Bichette from Aug. 1-5, 1995, and Larry Walker from June 18-23, 1999.

    Lou Piniella

    RF Fuseke Fukudome was scratched from Sunday's game against the Pirates due to swelling from a cyst above his right eye. It marked the first time Fukedome has missed a game as he started the Cubs' first 17 contests. ... Chicago posted its second three-game sweep of Pittsburgh in the last two weeks. Overall, the Cubs have won nine straight against the Pirates, dating to last season. ... LHP Scott Eyre, on the disabled list since the start of the season due to left elbow inflammation, may be getting closer to returning. The Cubs expect that Eyre will begin a rehab assignment in the coming days. "We're going to send him down to Daytona Beach or someplace that's warm and let him get some work there," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "But he's probably still not on the horizon yet of being here. He's been out a while now and he's going to need a little time. What's a little time? A week to 10 days? I don't know." ... The Cubs improved to 5-1 on an eight-game homestand that concludes with a pair of contests against the New York Mets. ... The Cubs scored 13 runs for the second straight day. The 26 runs raised their season total to 111, second in the National League to the Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Cubs are on the verge of becoming only the second team in Major League history to win 10,000 games. They enter their two-game series against the Colorado Rockies with 9,999 wins. The New York/San Francisco Giants are the only other Major League team to top 10,000 wins.
    "I remember when we won 5,000," Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster said Tuesday. "What an emotional day that was. We were so excited -- we realized we still had an uphill climb to 10,000.

    "To be on the verge of that -- I've been here since the first one, and to get to 10,000, it's a long, hard struggle, and I'm looking forward to it."

    Mark DeRosa has a season-high nine-game hitting streak and is batting .367 during that stretch. ... Relievers Scott Eyre and Chad Fox have joined Class A Daytona to begin Minor League rehab assignments. ... Donnie Veal gave up no earned runs over five innings and notched the win in Double-A Tennessee's 6-3 victory over Carolina. ... Last year, the Cubs were 5-2 against the NL champion Rockies, although they were 2-2 in Colorado. The Cubs swept the three-game series in Chicago last June 25-27. ... Some trivia: The last time the Cubs and White Sox were in first place at the same time after a significant number of games (and we're not including first week standings) was May 23, 2004, when both teams were 25-18. In 2003, both teams were in first at the same time as late as Sept. 9. The Cubs were 77-67 at that time, and the Sox were 78-66.

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    Last edited by Old Sweater; 04-23-2008, 01:17 AM.

  • #2
    Thursday April 24th 1:05 pm MT__TV-FSRM-WGN__Radio KOA 850 am

    _______Rockies vs Cubs_______

    ___Aaron Cook 2-1 3.12era vs Jason Marquis 1-0 3.86era___

    Colorado: In his last start, Saturday at Houston, Cook overcame a high early pitch count and held the Astros to two runs, one earned, and four hits in seven innings. Cook has his sinker working and is able to throw a cut fastball to take hitters off of it. He has become the Rockies' most dependable pitcher.

    Cubs: Marquis earned his first win of the season against the Pirates on Saturday, tossing six innings of one-run ball. His sinker was sharp, he said, which led to seven strikeouts and only one walk. Marquis gave up six hits in what was his longest outing of the season. He'll need that sinker at Coors Field against the reigning National League champs.

    Numerous late-inning rallies led the Rockies (9-12) to 21 wins in 22 games last fall as they advanced to their first World Series, but they’ve been making a habit of squandering leads during their recent struggles.

    They had won four straight and led 4-3 in the eighth inning at Houston on Sunday, but reliever Brian Fuentes allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 6-4 loss.

    Philadelphia scored five runs in the final two innings Monday, winning 9-5, and Colorado closer Manny Corpas has blown saves the last two days, allowing five runs in two innings. Corpas has blown four of his eight save opportunities.

    Aramis Ramirez’s two-run home run gave the Cubs (15-6) the lead in the ninth on Wednesday, and Chicago eventually won 7-6 in 10 innings on Ryan Theriot’s RBI single.

    “It’s obviously tough any time you lose leads late,” Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. “It makes it extra tough. I remember we went through a stretch last year where we did the same kind of thing and ended up all right. At least we know we can still be OK.”

    Tulowitzki was a bright spot Wednesday, hitting a three-run home run—his first of the season—to put the Rockies ahead. The shortstop had been benched Tuesday, and was dropped to seventh in the order for Wednesday’s game due to his .163 average coming in

    While the Rockies have struggled, the Cubs tied Arizona for the league’s best record with Wednesday’s win—their 10,000th in franchise history. Chicago has won six straight, nine of 10 and 14 of 17, thanks largely to the league’s highest-scoring offense.

    The Cubs lead the majors with 133 runs. They’ve scored at least seven in each of the last five games, totaling 48 runs over that span. Ramirez is 9-for-18 with three home runs and nine RBIs in those games.

    “I don’t think we could predict the way we were going to be swinging the bats right now,” Cubs closer Kerry Wood said. “I don’t think we have more than one guy in the lineup hitting under .300.”

    Jason Marquis will hope to again benefit Thursday. Marquis (1-0, 3.86 ERA) got 11 runs of support last Saturday, allowing just one run in six innings of a 13-1 win against Pittsburgh.

    Marquis has never lost at Coors Field, winning all three of his starts, and allowing only four earned runs in 19 2-3 innings. Last August, he yielded an unearned run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-2 victory.

    The Rockies will look to Aaron Cook to end their skid. Cook (2-1, 3.12) has pitched well this year after missing more than two months late last season with an oblique injury.

    He’s allowed just five earned runs in 20 innings in his last three starts, going 2-0 over that span. In his only home start, he yielded just two hits in seven innings of a 2-1 win over Atlanta, and he gave up just four hits in seven innings at Houston Saturday in the Rockies’ last win.

    “Aaron’s last four innings were great,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “They got four hits on him and in this park that’s just a dominating effort.”

    The Rockies are trying to avoid their second five-game losing streak of the season, while the Cubs are looking to win seven in a row for the first time since last June.

    Clint Hurdle

    3B Garrett Atkins extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single Wednesday night. He tied Matt Holliday for the Rockies' longest hitting streak of the season. Atkins is batting .396 with four homers and 11 RBI during the streak. ... LF Matt Holliday, who has 72 career home runs at Coors Field, is one blast shy of fifth-place all time for home runs in this ballpark. ... RHP Manny Corpas has blown four saves this season and has given up five runs and five hits in his last two innings of work. Corpas blew just three save opportunities last season.

    Lou Piniella

    C Geovany Soto matched his career high with four hits on Wednesday night - and it was the second time this season he's done it. ... 3B Aramis Ramirez doubled home the Cubs' third run of the game on Wednesday night to extend his on-base streak to 21 games this season. If he can reach base Thursday, he will join Ron Santo (1976) and Lee Walls (1958) for the Cubs' third-longest on-base streak to start a season. ... The Cubs lead the majors with 133 runs scored this season and lead the National League in team batting average (.289) and on-base percentage (.373).

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    Last edited by Old Sweater; 04-23-2008, 11:49 PM.


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