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Rockies Try To Make It Three Straight Tonight vs. Astros

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After sweeping Monday’s Memorial Day doubleheader against the Houston Astros (22-27), the Colorado Rockies (19-29) will try to make it three wins in a row for only the second time this season, when they host Houston again at 6:40 at Coors Field (TV: Root Sports).

Two pitchers who get batters out in very different ways will take the mound tonight for the Astros and Rockies.  The Astros’ Lucas Harrell likes to pitch to contact. The Rockies’ Christian Friedrich prefers to make batters swing and miss.

In his last start, Harrell outdueled the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner. Harrell pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his career, giving up one run on five hits.

Friedrich, on the other hand, seeks the strikeout. In his first two starts this season, he struck out 17 total batters, which was the most for an active Major League pitcher in his first two games since Stephen Strasburg struck out 22 for the Nationals in 2010. Friedrich’s 10 strikeouts on May 14 are the game-high for a Rockies’ pitcher this season.

Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler’s game-winning RBI triple on Monday leaves him one behind Larry Walker for second place on the Rockies’ all-time list at 43.

Tickets are available for tonight’s game at Coors Field vs. the Houston Astros, and can be purchased by calling (800) 388-ROCK, or click here.


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