Game 6 Preview: McCarthy vs. De La Rosa

Mike Ehrmann

After a big win in the homer opener, the Rockies look to take a series from their division rivals.

After a rough outing in the season opener, Jorge De La Rosa will make his second start of the season tonight at Coors Field against the Arizona Diamondacks.

De La Rosa cruised through four innings of the opener, allowing just one run on a Marcell Ozuna home run, but ran into trouble in the fifth, having communication issues with catcher Wilin Rosario and being pulled after just 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on four hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts.

De La Rosa will have a new catcher today in backup Jordan Pacheco, who gets the start in Rosario's place. Also getting a day off for the Rockies is shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, with the start going to Charlie Culberson, who will batt eighth. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu moves up to the 2-hole tonight while Michael Cuddyer bats cleanup in Tulowitzki's spot.

Arizona, meanwhile, will send Brandon McCarthy to the mound. The veteran righty also started Monday for the Diamondbacks, allowing five runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 9-8 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Tonight will be McCarthy's second career start at Coors Field, with his other appearance in Denver coming last year on April 21, when he allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings, including a Tulowitzki home run.

The Diamondbacks will have the same eight position players as in yesterday's game, but have shuffled the batting order against the southpaw De La Rosa. A.J. Pollock will hit leadoff and Mark Trumbo moves up to the fifth spot in the order, with lefties Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra move down to sixth and eighth, respectively.

As usual, the game is on 850 KOA radio and ROOT Sports TV, with first pitch set for 6 p.m. Mountain Time.


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