Today’s Matchup – June 6, 2011


In an attempt to spark a change in the Rockies lineup, manager Jim Tracy moved Carlos Gonzalez to the leadoff spot in the lineup, and from left field to center field. This is Gonzalez’s first start in center in 2011.

Also, outfielder Dexter Fowler is not available today after straining his lower abdomen. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow and the decision will be made to either put him on the DL or just leave his status as day-to-day, as it is now. If he is put on the DL, outfielder Charlie Blackmon will almost certainly be called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill his place.

Here are tonight’s lineups.

Game #59: Clayton Mortenson (1-3, 3.69 ERA) vs. Clayton Richard (2-6, 4.52 ERA)

Games Back: 5.5 (NL West), 5.5 (Wild Card)
Games Left: 104
Streak: Lost 1
Last 10: 3-7
Elimination Number: 99
Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez, CF
Chris Nelson, 2B
Todd Helton, 1B
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Ty Wigginton, 3B
Ryan Spilborghs, LF
Seth Smith, RF
Chris Iannetta, C
Clayton Mortenson, P

Games Back: 6.5 (NL West), 6.5 (Wild Card)
Games Left: 102
Streak: Won 3
Last 10: 7-3
Elimination Number: 97

San Diego Padres
Chris Denorfia, CF
Jason Bartlett, SS
Chase Headley, 3B
Ryan Ludwick, LF
Brad Hawpe, RF
Jorge Cantu, 1B
Edgar Gonzalez, 2B
Kyle Phillips, C
Clayton Richard, P

First pitch is set for 8:05pm Mountain time at PETCO Park in San Diego. ROOT Sports will have the call on TV in the Rocky Mountain region, and 4 San Diego will have it in San Diego. On the radio, KOA 850 will broadcast the game in Denver, and XPRS 1090 will broadcast the game in San Diego.