June 15, 2024

Rockies are trying to win the series over skidding Marlins

The IS Rockies‘ The rotation is still a work in progress, but at least Colorado is tackling the issue

After beating the host Miami Marlins 6-1 on Friday in the series opener, the Rockies They will look to make the series three games when the teams meet again on Saturday evening. The IS Rockies they are 4-2 since the All-Star break

Colorado’s pitching plans for Saturday were uncertain. Miami plans to start Johnny Cueto (0-1, 9.00 ERA).

On Friday, the Rockies Peter Lambert called up from Triple-A Albuquerque for his second start of the year, and the right-hander delivered five scoreless innings of three-hit ball

Lambert came up with his first win as a major league starter since 2019, though he was making just his fourth major league start in the last four years due in part to injuries. He made 14 relief appearances for Colorado earlier this season.

In addition to calling up Lambert, the Rockies demoted right-hander Connor Seabold to the bullpen. Seabold has lost all five of his starts, most recently giving up six runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings against the New York Yankees on July 15

Seabold is 0-7 with an 8.45 ERA in his 11 starts, making him 1-7 with a 7.18 overall in 20 games (13 starts) this year.

“I have to be honest,” Seabold said after his latest outing. “I’m hard on myself. I made it clear that I’m hard on myself. And today, I didn’t feel like there were a lot of mistakes.

“I don’t know if they are seeing something that we are not seeing and they are taking good hacks out of me.

With the Rockies with four regular starters on the injured list, Lambert likely earned another start thanks to his performance on Friday

“I feel great, I feel strong, I feel healthy,” he said postgame.

Lambert was supported by homers from CJ Cron, who continued his hot streak, as well as Jurickson Profar and Elias Diaz, who broke out of slumps.

Cron is 7-for-21 (.333) with four homers and eight RBI in his last five games after a 2-for-5 effort in the opener at Miami.

Profar and Diaz both homered for the first time since June 23. Profar was 4-for-24 (.167) with no RBIs in his previous seven games before going 2-for-5 on Friday. Diaz was 8-for-55 (.146) in 18 games before his 2-for-4 performance.

The IS Marlins fell to 0-7 from the break while going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position Friday. They fell behind 6-0 before getting their lone run on Nick Fortes’ groundout in the seventh inning

“You’ve just changed it in some way, figure out how to make these guys smile when they come in tomorrow and change the energy a little bit,” Miami manager Skip Schummaker said. “They’ve been really good coming into the ballpark, and they always feel like today is the day it’s going to change.

“When I was looking at managers and their responses, it was always like, ‘We’re going to get through this.’ … We have a lot of games left, and our team feels good.”

Cueto (0-1, 9.00 ERA) is set to make his second appearance and first start since returning from a 3 1/2-month stint on the injured list due to a sore biceps. The 37-year-old right-hander threw three innings of scoreless relief of one-hit ball against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

In 19 career starts against the RockiesCueto is 10-4 with a 3.01 ERA

–Field Level Media

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