(Sports Network) - Injuries have prevented Colorado starter Juan Nicasio from
firmly establishing himself in the Rockies' rotation.
The right-hander begins what he hopes will be a healthy 2013 season on
Wednesday night when the Rockies shoot for a series victory over the Milwaukee
Brewers in the finale of a three-game series.
Nicasio has posted a 6-7 record over 24 career starts that have spanned the
past two seasons. He was a decent 4-4 with a 4.14 earned run average through
13 starts as a rookie in 2011, but did not pitch for the rest of the season
after taking a line drive off his head in a game versus Washington on Aug. 5.
He went 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA in 11 starts last season, but was 0-3 over his
final six outings and did not make a major league start after exiting a June 2
outing early due to a strained left knee. The 26-year-old is winless since
Nicasio will face the Brewers for the second time in his career, having beat
them on July 15, 2011 with seven scoreless innings. He scattered four hits and
did not walk a batter while striking out four.
Taking the hill for the Brewers in this rubber match will be highly-regarded
prospect Wily Peralta.
The 23-year-old righty made his major league debut with an inning of relief at
home versus these same Rockies on April 22 of last year and gave up a run on
three hits. He then returned to the minors and ended up just 7-11 with a 4.66
ERA in 28 Triple-A starts before making five major league starts in September.
He was 2-1 in that span with a 2.25 ERA.
Milwaukee has high hopes for Peralta, but he did post a 5.40 ERA in Spring
Training this season, a less-than-encouraging sign after his minor league
struggles a season ago.
Peralta will try to keep Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez in the
ballpark on Wednesday evening, something Milwaukee has been unable to do so
far in this series. The duo both homered for a second straight game on Tuesday
in an 8-4 win, giving Walt Weiss his first victory as manager of the Rockies.
Tulowitzki and Gonzalez had two RBI apiece for Colorado, which racked up 14
hits. Gonzalez also scored twice.
Jorge De La Rosa, who made just three starts late last season after undergoing
Tommy John Surgery in 2011, surrendered four runs on five hits and three walks
over 4 1/3 innings, while Edgmer Escalona picked up the win in relief and
Rafael Betancourt logged the save.
"I felt good, I was surprised they took me out because I only had 70-some
pitches," De La Rosa said. "It's special to come back here because this is
where I started."
Ryan Braun cracked a two-run homer for the Brewers, who won the opener of this
set 5-4 in 10 innings after John Axford blew a two-run lead in the ninth.
Milwaukee recorded an MLB-high 29 blown saves a year ago.
Milwaukee were just 1-5 last season against the Rockies.
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