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Saturday, August 24th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (60-70) at Miami Marlins (48-79), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jeff Manship (0-3, 7.80)
Miami - Jose Fernandez (9-5, 2.41)
(Sports Network) - Jose Fernandez aims to continue his impressive unbeaten
string on Saturday when the Miami Marlins continue their three-game set
against the Colorado Rockies.
The 21-year-old rookie right-hander has limited opponents to two runs or less
in each of his last seven starts, going 4-0 with a 1.53 ERA in those
appearances. His four-game winning streak is the longest for a Marlins pitcher
this season. Also, he has limited opponents to a .189 average, second-best in
the majors behind Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fernandez, who
hasn't lost since July 7 at St. Louis, is an incredible 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA in
his first 12 career home starts.
Fernandez faced Colorado on July 23 at Coors Field and picked up the win by
holding the Rockies to two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts in a seven-
Jeff Manship has lost all three of his starts this season. The righty, who
counters for the Rockies tonight, allowed six hits and five runs in five
innings at Philadelphia on Monday.
Manship hasn't posted a win since Sept. 6, 2010 against Kansas City when he
was pitching in relief for the Minnesota Twins.
Ryan Wheeler's RBI double capped a two-run eighth inning and Michael Cuddyer
brought home a pair of runs to help lift the Rockies to a 3-2 win last night.
Cuddyer picked up his two RBI on a fielder's choice in the sixth and a single
in the eighth to help halt Colorado's losing skid at two.
"I finally felt comfortable just getting called up and getting limited
opportunities so far," Wheeler said. "I was feeling pretty good in that fourth
Jhoulys Chacin (12-7) took the mound for Colorado. The right-hander allowed
only two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and four walks for his first
career winning decision against the Marlins.
Tom Koehler spun seven innings for Miami, only surrendering one run on six
hits while fanning five batters. Koehler has not picked up a win since August
It was relief pitcher Chad Qualls (4-2) who would absorb the loss and a blown
save. Qualls allowed two runs on three hits in the eighth inning to hand
Colorado the win.
"Qualls has been so good all year for us," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
"It was so huge in that eighth inning. He was up in the zone and flat,
couldn't close them out."
Donovan Solano went 2-for-4 for the Marlins, who have now lost four
Ed Lucas hit a deep solo shot to center field in the bottom of the fifth for
the Marlins to open up the game's scoring and snap a scoreless streak that
went back 21 innings.
Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki brings a 10-game hitting streak into tonight's
The Marlins took three of four games when the teams last met in Colorado from
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