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Game #153: Clayton Richard vs. Jason Hammel

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Down the stretch they come....

Alright, with the Braves and Marlins not playing tonight and the Giants not starting until an hour and a half into the Rockies game, Colorado if they can get an early lead has a chance to put some added pressure on the teams still chasing them for the wild card, similar to what the Dodgers are doing to the Rox right now in terms of the division by jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Each Rockies win from here on out tightens the noose a little further on our opponents' necks, it's pretty important that the team gets one tonight to win this series.

Clayton Richard is one of the pitchers the Padres got in exchange for Jake Peavy earlier this summer, and so far he hasn't been pitching like Peavy, but not horrifically, either. This will be his first Coors Field experience. Jason Hammel could tell him a little about what that is like, but I'd prefer we let Richard find out for himself. Richard and the Padres beat the Rockies on September 13 in San Diego, it's time for some payback.

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Clayton Richard 4-2 10 10 0 0 0 0 51.0 52 28 27 6 29 44 4.76 1.59

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W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2009 - Jason Hammel 9-8 31 28 1 0 0 0 163.1 188 88 79 14 41 117 4.35 1.40


Lineup

San Diego Padres @ Colorado Rockies

09/24/09 6:40 PM MDT

San Diego Padres Colorado Rockies
Everth Cabrera - SS Seth Smith - LF
David Eckstein - 2B Dexter Fowler - CF
Adrian Gonzalez - 1B Todd Helton - 1B
Chase Headley - 3B Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Will Venable - RF Ryan Spilborghs - RF
Oscar Salazar - LF Garrett Atkins - 3B
Nick Hundley - C Clint Barmes - 2B
Tony Gwynn - CF Chris Iannetta - C
Clayton Richard - P Jason Hammel - P


GO ROCKIES!