Having lost back-to-back games for the first time this month, the fading Colorado Rockies hope their ace can help them out with a historic victory.
The Rockies (62-59) alternated wins and losses through their first 16 August games - a maddening enough trend for a team attempting to get back in the playoff chase.
“I need to be able to finish guys,” said Street, who has blown three of his last five save opportunities. “It’s just frustrating. There’s just no two ways about it.”
Colorado, meanwhile, slipped seven games behind NL wild card-leading Philadelphia.
“I’m a human being. I wanted to win that game, but so what? We’re going to have more opportunities,” Jimenez said.
His next chance comes against a team he has dominated lately. Jimenez has posted a 0.96 ERA while winning his last four starts against the Diamondbacks, including three this season.
Jimenez, however, hasn’t won on the road since June 28, going 0-2 with a 6.91 ERA in his last three road outings.
The Rockies have scored two or fewer runs 12 times while going 6-16 on the road since the All-Star break, and it’s unclear if slugger Carlos Gonzalez(notes) will return to their lineup Saturday. The outfielder, who leads the team in home runs (25), RBIs (79) and stolen bases (19), has missed the last two games after running into the right field wall to make a catch Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Enright hasn’t lost since before the All-Star break, going 2-0 with a 2.68 ERA in his last six outings. Both of his wins during that stretch came at Chase Field, where the right-hander has a 2.25 ERA in three second-half starts.
The last-place Diamondbacks got a boost from their beleaguered bullpen Friday. Arizona relievers, who are last in the majors with a 6.11 ERA, allowed two hits in five shutout innings.