The Colorado Rockies are starting to play a little better than their record indicates and will shoot for a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers today at Coors Field.
Colorado posted a 9-6 win in Monday's series opener, before registering an 8-6 triumph last night. The Rockies, who are last in the NL West, got home runs from Eric Young Jr. and Wilin Rosario in Tuesday's victory. Young ended with three hits and Carlos Gonzalez finished 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood picked up his second straight win after holding the Brewers to two runs -- one earned -- on four hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out three and did not issue a walk.
"By far his best outing as a Rockie," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "First- pitch strikes tonight, command with his fastball. Pitched six innings. Even his misses were competitive."
The Rockies have won five of eight games and posted back-to-back victories at home for the first time since June 28-29. The last time they won three in a row at Coors Field was during a five-game run from May 28-June 1.
Colorado will host Miami for four games on this homestand and are scheduled to send Guillermo Moscoso to the mound Wednesday. Moscoso is 0-1 with an 8.23 earned run average in 10 games (2 starts) this season and has never faced Milwaukee. The right-hander last recorded a decision in a loss to the New York Mets on April 28, when he allowed six runs in five innings of a 7-5 setback.
Moscoso is expected to be called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs and was scratched from his start on Monday.
Milwaukee hopes to avoid the sweep and will put the finishing touches on a six-game road trip this afternoon.
In Tuesday's loss, Brewers starter Randy Wolf fell to 3-9 on the season and was tagged for six runs on 10 hits in five innings.
"Nothing is going right for him. He's not throwing as bad as what his numbers show," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said about Wolf.
Martin Maldonado homered and Norichika Aoki finished with three hits and a pair of runs batted in for Milwaukee, losers in seven of the past 11 games.
Reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun has been struggling recently for the Brewers, going 9-for-47 with a .191 average, no homers, four RBI and 15 strikeouts in 11 games. Braun is homerless in 49 plate appearances.
"I've said it many times: It's all part of this game," Braun said on the team's website. "You go through stretches where you're really good, stretches where you're not so good, and you try to keep your sanity in those bad times."
The Brewers will begin a seven-game homestand versus the Phillies and Cubs later this week and hope Mark Rogers can pitch them past Colorado. Rogers and his wife celebrated the birth of their first child on Monday and the new father is still searching for his first major league win.
Rogers is 0-1 with a 4.08 earned run average in three starts this season and tossed seven innings of one-run ball for a no-decision in Friday's 4-3 loss at Houston. The right-hander has never faced the Rockies and is 0-1 in seven games (5 starts) in his career.
Colorado won two of three meetings at Milwaukee from April 20-22 this season.