Two days after trading the former NL MVP, Colorado will try to complete a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field.
The Rockies dealt Walker to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league pitcher Jason Burch and two players to be named during Friday’s 8-5 win over the Reds. On Saturday, Colorado beat Cincinnati 9-5 as Jeromy Burnitz, who moved from left field to right to replace Walker, homered.
Jorge Piedra, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs before the game to take Walker’s roster spot, drove in two runs with his first major league hit.
“The Walker thing doesn’t mean anything to me. It shouldn’t mean anything to anybody,” Burnitz said. “We just take it one day at a time and focus on your job regardless of who is around you.”
“That’s a funny way to put things,” said Burnitz when asked if he was a good replacement. “I came here to play left field with Larry, so I wouldn’t really consider me his replacement.”
The Reds hope Cory Lidle can help them snap out of their funk.
Lidle allowed eight runs—four earned—and a season high-tying 11 hits over six innings in Tuesday’s 11-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants, failing to snap a career-high five-game losing streak. He gave up two homers to Giants slugger Barry Bonds, remaining winless in six starts since June 30.
“He was throwing most of his pitches down and in, which is good,” Reds catcher Jason LaRue said of Lidle. “Bonds hit a changeup, but then Bonds is Bonds. I thought Cory did a great job. He just had that one bad inning.”
STANDINGS (through Aug. 6): Reds - 4th place, 17 1/2 GB, NL Central. Rockies - 4th place, 16 1/2 GB, NL West.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Lidle (6-10, 5.35 ERA). Lidle is 2-1 with a 6.28 ERA in five career appearances, including two starts, against the Rockies.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jeff Fassero (2-7, 4.96 ERA). Fassero allowed five runs and a season high-tying nine hits over seven innings in Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The left-hander is making his 31st appearance and 10th start of the season. He is 2-6 with a 4.24 ERA in 49 career appearances, including five starts, against the Reds.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Reds - Sean Casey, .341 avg.; Dunn, 34 HRs, 71 RBIs and 71 runs; Ryan Freel, 21 SBs. Rockies - Todd Helton, .331 avg. and 83 runs; Burnitz, 29 HRs; Vinny Castilla, 92 RBIs; Aaron Miles, 10 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Rockies, 3-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - OF-1B Dunn has four homers in his last four games. … SS Barry Larkin missed his 12th straight start Saturday with a strained left oblique. He has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since July 24. … CF Ken Griffey Jr., who has also been limited to pinch-hitting, missed his third straight start Saturday with a tight hamstring. Rockies - RHP Aaron Cook left his start Saturday in the third inning with lightheadedness and dizziness … OF Burnitz and OF Wilson hit back-to-back homers Saturday, marking the 10th time the Rockies have had consecutive blasts this season, and the seventh time they have involved Burnitz. … C Todd Greene left Saturday’s game with a leg injury.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 24-33 on the road; Rockies - 28-30 at home.
INJURIES: Reds - INF Brandon Larson (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Josh Hall (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Mike Matthews (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP D.J. Mattox (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Austin Kearns (thumb), 60-day DL; OF Jason Romano (hamstring), 60-day DL. Rockies - LHP Brian Fuentes (back), 15-day DL; LHP Joe Kennedy (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Jason Young (ribs), 60-day DL; OF Cory Sullivan (elbow), 60-day DL; C Greene (leg); day-to-day.