Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 30th
(All times eastern)
Colorado Rockies (28-25) at Cleveland Indians (24-30), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Juan Nicasio (5-2, 3.61)
Cleveland - Corey Kluber (5-3, 3.10)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Rockies will try to solve their road woes
on Friday night when they step into Progressive Field to open a three-game
interleague series with the Cleveland Indians.
Colorado is 16-7 at Coors Field but just 12-18 on the road this season, as the
team gets set to wrap up a nine-game road swing. The Rockies have hit a major
league-best .344 at home, compared to .242 in opposing ballparks. They have
been shut out twice during their current road trip.
The Rockies had Thursday off after suffering a 6-3 loss at Philadelphia a day
earlier. With Colorado clinging to a 3-2 lead with two outs in the bottom of
the ninth inning, left-hander Boone Logan came on to face lefties Chase Utley
and Ryan Howard. After Utley singled to tie the game, Howard ended it with a
walk-off shot over the wall in left-center.
Of course, the Rockies had their fair share of chances but went 0-for-13 with
runners in scoring position.
"We've been lacking the big hit lately," shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said.
Cleveland has lost four in a row and is coming off Wednesday's 3-2 setback at
the Chicago White Sox. After the Indians rallied to tie the score at 2-2 in
the top of the ninth, an error by third baseman Mike Aviles helped open the
door for a walk-off single by Chicago's Moises Sierra in the bottom of the
frame. The error was the major league-leading 54th of the season for the
"Routine ground ball, play that's gotta be made, and I didn't make it," Aviles
said. "I mean, usually make it, I'd say almost every time. But, for whatever
reason, I threw the ball and didn't have anything behind it. Just messed it
up, I guess."
The Tribe activated second baseman Jason Kipnis from the disabled list prior
to Wednesday's game. Kipnis hit in the cleanup spot and went 0-for-4.
Toeing the rubber for Cleveland in Friday's opener is right-hander Corey
Kluber, who has won three of his last four starts and owns a 2.60 ERA on the
season. Most recently, he pitched seven shutout innings while striking out
nine at Baltimore on Saturday. Kluber boasts a 7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio
in five May starts.
"He's obviously very comfortable using all of his pitches, attacking hitters
the right way and he's got some confidence going," pitching coach Mickey
For Colorado, Juan Nicasio tries for his second win in a row after tossing six
shutout frames at Atlanta on Saturday. The right-hander allowed only two hits
to go along with five strikeouts. The Rockies have won seven of Nicasio's 10
starts this season.
The Rockies are 10-8 all-time against the Tribe, but this marks their first
trip to Cleveland since 2011.
05/30 10:24:19 ET