July 21, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Franklin Morales (56) pitches in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Colorado Rockies. Edinson Volquez vs. Franklin Morales

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The Colorado Rockies continue to plug away as they are now winners of three-straight since going with high socks. The team pulled off another 8-1 victory last night as rookie Tyler Matzek collected his second Major League victory. Keep in mind that the Rockies have been without Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau during this stretch.

Pitching Matchup:

PIT: Edinson Volquez (8-7, 3.86 ERA)
COL: Franklin Morales (5-5, 5.21 ERA)

Edinson Volquez takes the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates as the veteran right-hander looks for his ninth victory of the 2014 season. During his last time out, the 31-year-old was roughed up, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits, walking three and striking out three over 5.2 innings. Before that start, Volquez won four consecutive starts, giving up just three earned runs over that span.

Franklin Morales will get the ball for the Colorado Rockies Sunday afternoon, looking to extend the teams winning streak to four-straight. Morales picked up the loss in his last outing, giving up three runs on nine hits, walking four and striking out three over six innings. Morales goes for his sixth win today as he will be making his 15th start of the season.

Rockies Lineup:

1: Charlie Blackmon – CF
2: Josh Rutledge – SS
3: Corey Dickerson – LF
4: Nolan Arenado -3B
5: Ben Paulsen – 1B
6: Wilin Rosario – C
7: Brandon Barnes – RF
8: DJ LeMahieu – 2B
9: Franklin Morales – P

Game Notes:

  • Carlos Gonzalez is 10-for-19 lifetime vs. Edinson Volquez with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 6 RBI’s, and 2 walks.
  • Wilin Rosario is 8-for-20 lifetime vs. Edinson Volquez with 1 double, 2 home runs, 9 RBI’s, and 2 walks.
  • Russell Martin is 3-for-8 lifetime vs. Franklin Morales with 1 home run, 2 RBI”s, and 2 walks.

First-pitch between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies is scheduled to begin at 4:10 PM ET, 2:10 PM MT.

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