The Colorado Rockies pitching staff has been remarkable over the past two games, giving up zero earned runs to the Philadelphia Phillies as Rockies starting pitcher Jan Nicasio looks to keep that trend going.
In Friday night’s blowout win over the Phillies, Tyler Chatwood would pitch his best game of the season (even though it was his second start). The righty would go seven strong innings, giving up just two hits, one run, none earned, with one walk and six strikeouts. The bullpen would come in and pick up where he left off as Chad Bettis and Matt Belisle would combine for two innings pitched, giving up no hits and collecting one strikeout.
Now looking back at Saturday night’s close 3-1 victory, offseason pickup Jordan Lyles dazzled by getting the Phillies to roll over getting ground ball after ground ball. He too would go seven strong innings, giving up five hits, one run, none earned, one walk and two strikeouts. Relievers Boone Logan and LaTroy Hawkins would keep the Phillies off of the board as well, combining for two innings with one strikeout.
Now it’s up to Juan Nicasio to keep the Rockies rolling Sunday afternoon. The 6-3, 200 pound right-hander is 2-0 on the season with a 3.50 ERA. In his last outing against the San Diego Padres on 4/15, Nicasio would go six innings, giving up six hits, two runs, two earned, one walk and three strikeouts. He would record nine ground ball outs and ten fly-ball outs. Nicasio bounced back against the Padres after scuffling against the San Francisco Giants. He would throw five innings, giving up five hits, four runs, four earned, two walks while striking out six.
Notes: Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) was not in the lineup Saturday night in Colorado’s 3-1 win. He is currently listed as day-to-day and Walt Weiss doesn’t expect to put the veteran on the disabled list.
First-pitch for the series final Sunday afternoon is scheduled for 4:10 PM ET, 2:10 PM MT. Juan Nicasio (Rockies) will go up against Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez.