The Rockies look to continue their dominance over the Reds when they continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.
After beating Cincinnati 10-7 in Monday’s opener, Colorado (55-62) took the second game with a 3-2 victory. The Rockies have won seven straight in this matchup and 21 of 24 meetings.
“I’m not sitting here feeling like this is the first time, going back to 2009, that I’ve seen Troy Tulowitzki get significantly hot at this time of the year,” Jim Tracy told the Rockies’ official website.
Tulowitzki is batting .391 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in seven games against the Reds since the start of last season, and the Rockies have won 12 in a row in this series with the two-time All-Star in the lineup. Tulowitzki, who is batting .438 in eight games - all wins - at Great American Ball Park since 2008, and his teammates will get their first look at Mike Leake(notes) (9-7, 3.92 ERA), Cincinnati’s scheduled starter.
Leake has a 2.55 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break, but a lack of run support has left the right-hander with a 1-3 record. Against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, he gave up three runs and six hits - including two homers - in six innings of a 4-3 loss.
The Reds have lost six of Leake’s last nine starts after winning each of his previous five.
Cincinnati (55-61) has lost five of six overall, and has dropped 11 games back of NL Central-leading Milwaukee. The Reds had several chances Tuesday, but went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
“We left a lot of runners out there,” Dusty Baker said.
The Rockies acquired Millwood on Monday, three days after he opted out of Boston’s organization. Millwood had success in the minors this year, going 7-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 16 starts, but the Red Sox were not planning on calling him up, so the 14-year veteran right-hander decided to try and catch on with another organization.
“I feel like I’ve located the ball pretty well, and I feel like my offspeed pitches have been good,” Millwood said of his time in the minors.
Millwood spent 2010 with Baltimore, and didn’t have much success, finishing 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA. He’s back in the NL for the first time since 2004, when he pitched for Philadelphia, and will be facing the Reds for the first time since 2007. He is 6-4 with a 4.47 ERA in 10 career starts versus Cincinnati.