Colorado (18-27) at Arizona (25-21)

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  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Tue May 22, 2007
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Arizona Diamondbacks starter Livan Hernandez has given the Colorado Rockies’ hitters fits this season.

He’ll face the Rockies for the fourth time in 2007, when the teams continue a three-game series at Chase Field on Tuesday night.

Hernandez (4-2, 4.02 ERA) is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a .214 opponent batting average in three starts against Colorado this season. Arizona (25-21) has won two of those outings.

The right-hander has been especially tough on Rockies infielders Garrett Atkins (0-for-7) and Todd Helton (1-for-8) in the three starts. Helton was hitting an astounding .529 (27-for-51) against Hernandez before this season.

Hernandez, who will match up against the Rockies’ Josh Fogg (1-5, 4.91) for the second straight outing, allowed one run and four hits over seven innings in a 3-1 victory over Colorado last Thursday at Coors Field.

“It was tough out there,” Hernandez insisted. “They have some tough outs in their lineup, especially those two outfielders, (Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe).”

At the plate, Hernandez also went 2-for-3 against Fogg, and is batting .318 (7-for-22) for the year.

“You saw the real Livan Hernandez out there with a bat,” he said. “I was swinging the bat like I can.”

Fogg, meanwhile, took the loss despite allowing only two runs over seven innings. The right-hander has dropped four straight starts, although his ERA is 3.14 over his last two outings.

“I had two good starts in a row and just came up a little short in both of them,” Fogg told the Rockies’ official Web site. “Sometimes you’re going to throw good and lose, and sometimes you’re going to throw bad and win. Hopefully, the wins come around soon.

“That’s just the way the game goes. You’ve got to tip your hat to Livan today.”

Fogg, who was 5-0 with a 4.38 ERA in his first nine starts against the Diamondbacks, lost to Arizona for the first time in his career.

Arizona improved to 6-4 against Colorado (18-27) with a 6-5 victory in Monday night’s series opener. Carlos Quentin, who entered the game in a 3-for-25 slump, had his first career multihomer game and drove in a career-high five runs, including the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning.

“We thought there was a good chance he was coming around,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said of Quentin. “That’s the great thing about baseball is you have the next day.”

Diamondbacks closer Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save in seven chances against the Rockies. Valverde has a 1.35 ERA in those appearances.

Both teams could see players return to action Tuesday.

Arizona rookie center fielder Chris Young has missed the last three games with a strained right groin, but may play Tuesday. Young was hitting .459 (17-for-37) over his last 10 games before the injury.

Meanwhile, Colorado reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who has missed 27 games with right elbow inflammation, could be activated off the 15-day disabled list. Hawkins has had a rough first season with the Rockies, posting an 8.59 ERA in nine appearances.

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4.94 ERA 4.93
94 K 90
59 BB 79
1.53 WHIP 1.60


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