(Sports Network) - Brandon McCarthy looks to secure a second straight victory
on Friday night as the Arizona Diamondbacks kick off a three-game set
versus the Colorado Rockies.
McCarthy is coming off a win last Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.
He gave up one run on six hits and a walk in eight innings of work one start
after he lasted nine frames in a complete-game loss to Toronto.
The right-hander, sidelined for 57 games earlier this year due to a shoulder
injury, is 4-9 with a 4.66 earned run average in 18 starts this season.
"Since he's been hurt he's come back and really worked hard," said Arizona
manager Kirk Gibson about McCarthy. "He's been pitching really well for us
lately after making some adjustments. He's throwing the ball more natural
In his first season with Arizona, the 30-year-old McCarthy is 0-1 in two
starts versus the Rockies in 2013. He has given up 10 runs and 17 hits without
a walk over 12 innings.
McCarthy follows up an excellent outing from Patrick Corbin in Wednesday's 4-1
win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Corbin gave up a run on eight hits over 6
1/3 innings, snapping both a personal three-start slide and Arizona's three-
game losing streak.
Paul Goldschmidt helped out with four hits and a pair of RBI for a
Diamondbacks club that is nine games back of the second wild card spot in the
"We got runs early and a great pitching performance from Patrick," Gibson
The Rockies finish up a nine-game road trip with this series and have lost
five of the first six contests of the swing. The picked up a victory on
Tuesday over San Francisco, but lost Wednesday's finale of a three-game set
The Giants rallied from two runs down by plating three runs over the seventh
and eighth inning.
"I told our guys that sometimes the reward you get for playing hard is getting
your heart broken. You play a lot of close games and a lot of tough games.
Inevitably you're going to lose some tough games and that's how it goes," said
Rockies manager Walt Weiss.
Michael Cuddyer had three hits to push his NL-leading batting average to .334.
He moved a few points clear of Atlanta's Chris Johnson, who is hitting .330
on the season.
Tyler Chatwood gets the start tonight for the Rockies for his third appearance
since being sidelined with right elbow inflammation.
In his first game back on Sept. 1, he hurled two innings before exiting
because of a bruised right thumb suffered when he was hit by a comebacker.
Chatwood then logged his second straight no-decision on Saturday in San Diego,
where he gave up one run over six innings of work.
"I had a pretty good sinker tonight and a pretty good curveball. I got to go
out there and pitch that long and kept us in the game," said Chatwood.
The 23-year-old righty is 7-4 with a 3.17 ERA in 17 starts this season and
faces Arizona for the first time in 2013. He is 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA in one
previous start and relief appearance.
The Diamondbacks swept a three-game set at home versus the Rockies in the
previous meeting from July 5-7 and have won six of seven over Colorado in
Arizona this year.
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