Chicago (48-67) at Colorado (56-59)

  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 12, 2006
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A return home to face the Chicago Cubs was all the Colorado Rockies’ offense needed to break out.

The Rockies look to take advantage of another inexperienced Cubs starter when the teams continue their three-game series on Saturday.

Colorado (56-59) had scored three runs or less in six straight games, matching a team record, but broke out with a 10-2 victory in Friday’s series opener.

Ryan Spilborghs, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs after hitting .362 in 32 games since July 3, had three hits and three RBIs.

“Maybe he can give us a spark in certain areas,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said before Friday’s game. “He’s swinging the bat as well as anybody down there (in Triple-A).”

Garrett Atkins also hit a three-run homer for Colorado, which chased Cubs rookie starter Rich Hill after 4 2-3 innings.

Hill, who’s made 12 career starts, has a 7.23 ERA this season. Chicago (48-67) will recall Angel Guzman (0-2, 5.68 ERA) from Triple-A Iowa to start Saturday’s contest.

This is the third time the right-hander has been called up this season and he’s still looking for his first major league victory. Guzman appeared in six games—four starts—earlier this year, allowing 16 earned runs in 25 1-3 innings.

The Cubs have lost all six games Guzman has appeared in this season. He was 4-4 with a 4.04 ERA for Iowa.

While Chicago has lost three straight, the Rockies’ victory moved them within 2 1/2 games of Cincinnati in the wild card standings.

Colorado finished with 12 hits, just the second time in 12 games the Rockies had a double-digit hit total.

“Just a little more comfortable in that dugout than we were four days in LA,” Hurdle said.

Colorado scored only 10 runs during its four-game series with the Dodgers.

Josh Fogg (7-7, 4.59) looks for his first victory since July 5 when he starts for the Rockies on Saturday. Fogg is 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA in five starts since then, with both losses coming in his last two outings.

While exiting his last start Monday against the Dodgers, Fogg was ejected by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook in a 7-2 loss. Fogg had just given up five runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.

“It’s frustrating. It’s a judgment call on his part and you’re not going to have the same strike zone every night,” Fogg said. “It’s kind of my job to adjust to it. He called a couple of pitches that were questionable, but they weren’t the ones that were going to keep us in the game.”

Fogg has struggled in his career against Chicago, going 4-7 record and 6.21 ERA in 17 career starts. He hasn’t beaten the Cubs since May 29, 2004 when he was with Pittsburgh.

Cubs right fielder Jacque Jones hit his 19th homer in Friday’s loss. He needs one more to reach 20 for the third straight season.

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Starting Pitchers

A. Guzman LAD vs. J. Fogg PHI
0-6 Record 11-9
7.39 ERA 5.49
60 K 93
37 BB 60
1.88 WHIP 1.55


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