Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick - 8/9/13
2013-08-09 07:40:00 EDT
The 70-win Pittsburgh Pirates look for their 71st victory Friday at the Colorado Rockies, after sweeping the Miami Marlins in Pittsburgh.
The Pirates rallied from a 4-0 hole early Thursday to win 5-4 during 10 innings. Neil Walker’s and Pedro Alvarez’s RBI-singles during the bottom of the fifth began the comeback. Walker’s and Gaby Sanchez’s sacrifice flies squared the game during the seventh. Then Russell Martin’s walk-off single sent Pittsburgh and Miami on their way home.
Meanwhile, Colorado was stymied at the New York Mets in their last series 3-2, 5-0 and 2-1. The Rockies led the finale 1-0 on Corey Dickerson’s 422-foot blast during the top of the fourth. Jeff Manship (0-1, 3.60 ERA). however, gave up two runs during the bottom-half and Colorado never scored again.
D.J. LaMaheiu was the only member of the Rockies to get more than a hit, singling his way on three times. Colorado left six runners on base, five against Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.82 ERA).
The Rockies return with Jorge De La Rosa (10-6, 3.31 ERA) for the opener. De La Rosa’s last outing was a 5-2 defeat at the Pirates, giving up three runs during four innings. At Coors Field, however, De La Rosa is 6-1, only getting toppled 5-1 by the Washington Nationals, yielding three during 5.1 frames.
In De La Rosa’s Coors victories, the Arizona Diamondbacks twice, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants scored eight times during 35.1 innings. Against De La Rosa, Pittsburgh is 22-of-71 with nine RBIs, three of them Jose Tabata’s.
Francisco Liriano (12-4, 2.02 ERA) pitches next for the Pirates, eyeing his fourth straight victory. Liriano has been a menace on the road, beating the Chicago Cubs and Washington in July with a complete game 6-2 and not letting in a run during 7.2 frames. Three other times, Liriano won away appearances, allowing two runs during 19 innings.
Liriano, however, did fall twice at the Cincinnati Reds, along with at the Detroit Tigers, giving up 11 runs during 15.1 frames. Colorado was defeated 5-2 Aug. 3 by Liriano, who tossed seven scoreless, despite walking five and just striking out six. The Rockies are 5-of-35 with a Yorvit Torrealba and Troy Tulowitzki RBI versus Liriano. Too much Pittsburgh, even in Colorado.