(Sports Network) - Well-traveled right-hander Jon Garland can pitch the
Colorado Rockies past the New York Mets on Thursday afternoon when they meet
in the finale of a weather-altered set at Coors Field.
The scheduled Monday night opener between the teams was postponed to Tuesday,
setting up a doubleheader sweep for Colorado. Game three on Wednesday was
postponed by snow with no immediately announced makeup date, leaving the teams
to try and squeeze in Thursday's ender.
Garland, a first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1997, pitched with six
teams through the close of 2011 - when he won once in nine starts with the Los
He was out of the majors in 2012 before signing a free-agent deal with the
Seattle Mariners in February. The Mariners released him in late March, and he
was picked up the following day by the Rockies.
He's since made two starts for Colorado - both against the San Diego Padres -
on April 6 and 12, emerging with a win and a no-decision while allowing 10
hits and five runs in 12 innings.
Garland is 1-1 in five career meetings with the Mets and is 2-1 in four career
starts at Coors Field.
New York replies with lefty Jonathon Niese, who faces the Rockies for the
sixth time in his 99th career appearance.
The Ohio native reached the big leagues with the Mets in 2008 and made eight
starts across two seasons before catching on in the rotation in 2010 and
winning nine times in 30 starts.
He upped his win total to 11 and 13 in the subsequent two seasons and is 2-0
through three outings this season while allowing seven earned runs on 17 hits
in 17 2/3 innings.
Niese is 1-2 in five career starts against the Rockies with a 5.87 ERA in 30
2/3 innings. He has a 7.94 ERA in 11 1/3 career innings at Coors Field.
On Tuesday, Jordan Pacheco hit the game-winning single in the bottom of the
10th inning of the second game to lift the Rockies to a 9-8 win.
With two outs and runners on second and third, Pacheco hit a blooper off Greg
Burke (0-1) to shallow right and brought Carlos Gonzalez home to end the game.
Pacheco and Yorvit Torrealba drove in two runs apiece, while Gonzalez, Michael
Cuddyer and Chris Nelson each had an RBI for the Rockies, who won the first
Rockies starter Jeff Francis allowed eight runs -- six earned -- on nine hits
and four walks over 4 1/3 innings. Rafael Betancourt (1-0) picked up the win
with a scoreless 10th inning.
Marlon Byrd knocked in three runs while Ruben Tejada had two RBI for the Mets,
who used eight pitchers in the game. Aaron Laffey got the start, giving up two
runs on four hits and three walks in four innings.
The Rockies won five of seven games with the Mets in both 2011 and 2012. The
Mets last won the series, 3-2, in 2010.
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