After another frustrating heartbreak in extra innings on Tuesday, the Rockies will be back at Coors Field looking for redemption and a win over Cleveland on Wednesday night. The loss dropped the Rockies to 16-17 at home this season, a depressing change from 2021 when the Rockies had a .593 winning percentage at Coors Field with a 48-33 record.

Austin Gomber (3-6, 6.17 ERA) will get the start for the Rockies and is coming off a strong showing against the Giants when he led Colorado to a 4-2 win. After two rough starts before that, when Gomber gave up 17 of 6 points 13 innings against the Nationals and Braves, his last outing was a six-run, two-run performance when he struck out five and allowed five hits. It was Gomber’s sixth quality start to the season. In 58 13 innings, the 28-year-old southpaw recorded 45 strikeouts with 19 walks.

In his four-year MLB career, Gomber has only faced the Guardians twice in his career, once in 2018 and once in 2020, and both times as a reliever. He went three innings, allowing one run on five hits with two strikeouts.

The Rockies will hit against LHP Konnor Pilkington (1-0, 3.57 ERA). The 24-year-old was a third-round draft pick by the White socks in 2018 and made his MLB debut on April 15 of that season. His first three appearances came out of the bullpen, but he started making starts in May. In four starts, Pilkington allowed nine runs on 19 hits in 17 23 innings with 20 strikeouts and 13 walks for a 4.58 ERA. Against Pilkinton, opponents are hitting .271. He relies on a 4-seam fastball, which he throws almost two-thirds of the time, as well as a switch (20%), a slider (11%), a sinker (4.5%) and a curveball (2.4%).

Following Gomber’s call, the Rockies will wear their City Connect jerseys on Wednesday night, turning to the alternate uniform to spark a winning streak. Colorado is expected to wear the green jerseys for Sunday home games, but may also do so if the starting pitcher wishes. The Rockies are 0-2 in City Connect jerseys so far, but maybe third time will be the charm, especially because Gomber hasn’t worn it yet.

First pitch: 6:40 p.m. MDT

TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain; MLB.tv

Radio: KOA 850AM/94.1FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)

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