Rockies at Dodgers, September 28, 2012: Game Time, Lineups, And Preview
Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers, 8.10 P.M. MT
The Rockies (62-94) look to continue their hot streak on the road when they face the Dodgers (81-75) at Chavez Ravine. After losing 9 consecutive games, the Rockies have won their last 4 games and another win tonight would match their season-high of 5 game winning streaks, which they have done twice so far this season. Headed to the mound tonight for the Rockies is Jeff Francis (5-6, 5.54 ERA). In his last start last Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he went 4 innings with 2 ER but didn’t factor in the decision in the 10-7 loss. In his last start against the Dodgers on August 27 at Coors Field, he went 5 innings with 3 hits and 6 strikeout’s and earned the win in the 10-0 Rockies victory. Over his last 5 starts, Francis is 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA.
Jeff Francis hopes to lead the Rockies to their 5th straight win tonight which would match a season high. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
He will face the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw (12-9, 2.68 ERA). Kershaw has been battling a hip injury that has restricted him to just 3 games this month. In those 3 starts he has gone 0-1 with a 0.95 ERA, but only has received 1.89 runs in support. In his last start against the Rockies back on May 2 at Coors Field, he went 7 1/3 innings with 5 ER and 3 HR in a 8-5 defeat. However at Chavez Ravine he has owned the Rockies, where in his last 6 starts there against them he has gone 3-0 with a miserly 1.47 ERA.
Jordan Pacheco will look to continue his hot hitting, in yesterday’s game against the Chicago Cubs he had 2 hits including a HR and 3 RBIs. Over his last 10 games he is averaging .390, however at the Dodgers home field he has not performed nearly as well, where he is just 3 out of his last 17 at-bats. In the last 2 games the Dodgers have scored 8 runs and 14 hits, and they have been led by Matt Kemp (6 hits, 3 doubles, 1 HR and 5 RBIs) and Luis Cruz (.389 average in his last 9 games).
A loss tonight by the Rockies would match their franchise record for losses in a season (95) set in their inaugural season in 1993 and equaled in 2005.
Tyler Colvin CF
Jordan Pacheco 1B
Chris Nelson 3B
Matt McBride RF
Andrew Brown LF
DJ LeMahieu 2B
Jeff Francis P
Mark Ellis 2B
Luis Cruz 3B
Matt Kemp CF
Andre Ethier RF
Clayton Kershaw P