May 18, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Juan Nicasio (12) throws a pitch in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Padres 8-6 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

D’Backs – Rockies Preview: Bronson Arroyo vs. Juan Nicasio

I bet you the Colorado Rockies were hoping that a 10-game homestand would turn things around. Not so fast. Colorado looks to avoid getting swept at Coors Field as tonight turns into a must-win situation. The Rockies also look to snap a six-game skid, hoping the bats can come alive and put it away early.

Juan Nicasio will look to get the Rockies back into the win column but the righty struggled in his last outing against the Cleveland Indians. Nicasio’s needed 100 pitched to get through 4.2 innings but he didn’t walk a single batter. Nicasio gave up five runs and nine hits while striking out two as he earned his third loss of the season. His prior start against the Braves was stellar as he only gave up two hits through six innings.

Veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo looks to give his D’Backs a series sweep of the Rockies. Arroyo is currently 4-4 on the season with a 4.39 ERA. In his last outing against the Cincinnati Reds, Bronson gave up five runs and nine hits over seven solid innings while striking out three. He gave up a grand slam early which dug him into a hole but he has pitched very well for the D’Backs this season.

Rockies Lineup:

1: Charlie Blackmon – RF
2: Drew Stubbs – CF
3: Troy Tulowitzki – SS
4: Michael Cuddyer – 1B
5: Corey Dickerson – LF
6: Wilin Rosario – C
7: Charlie Culberson – 3B
8: DJ LeMahieu – 2B
9: Juan Nicasio – P

Game Notes:

  • Troy Tulowitzki is 6-for-13 lifetime vs. Bronson Arroyo with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI’s.
  • Rockies starter Jordan Lyles fractured his left hand in last night’s loss and will be placed on the DL shortly.
  • Paul Goldschmidt is 11-for-22 vs. Colorado in their last five meetings.

First-pitch between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies is set to be thrown at 8:40 PM ET, 6:40 PM MT.

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