March 15, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Christian Friedrich (53) delivers a pitch during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Rockies Line-up, May 9 2012: Christian Friedrich Debuts


While trying to avoid a sixth straight loss and second straight series sweep, the struggling Colorado Rockies will turn to a 24 year old making his MLB debut. Christian Friedrich seems to have put two shaky seasons in Double-A Tulsa behind him and earned a major league start by going 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in Triple-A Colorado Springs, striking out 27 batters while only walking 4 in 30 innings. Friedrich will make his debut in a notoriously pitcher friendly park against the Padres team that is last in the National League with a .220 average. Rockies batters will have to improve to give Friedrich a chance to win his debut, Colorado has only scored three runs combined while dropping the first two games of this series. Anthony Bass starts for San Diego, making his second start of 2012 against the Rockies, he was the losing pitcher in 5-3 Colorado victory in April, giving up 3 runs over 5 innings and striking out 7 Rockies hitters. Bass comes into the game with a 1-3 record and is coming of a no decision against the Marlins in which he gave up 6 runs over 6 innings.

In their first meeting of 2012 Dexter Fowler went 1-3 with two strike outs and a home run against Bass, Wilin Rosario drove in a run with a double. Troy Tulowitzki gets a day off after straining his groin beating out an infield single last night. Jason Giambi starts for Todd Helton in a day game after a night game.

Marco Scutaro SS
Jonathan Herrera 2B
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Michael Cuddyer RF
Jason Giambi 1B
Wilin Rosario C
Chris Nelson 3B
Dexter Fowler CF
Christian Friedrich P

For the Padres Nick Hundley is back behind the plate after getting last night off, Andy Parrino gets his first start of the series, full line-up below:

Chris Denorfia RF
Cameron Maybin CF
Chase Headley 3B
Yonder Alonso 1B
Jesus Guzman LF
Nick Hundley C
Orlando Hudson 2B
Andy Parrino SS
Anthony Bass P

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