In 2014, Robbie Erlin made 13 appearances (11 starts) for the San Diego Padres. A year before that, he made nine starts. Tonight, just a couple of weeks away from the end of the season, Erlin will make his long-awaited 2015 debut as he makes the start in game 2 at Coors Field, a place that is not unfamiliar to him.
The southpaw faced the Rockies three times altogether last season. Twice he took the mound at Coors Field, once as a starter and once as a reliever. He won the start, though he wasn't his sharpest in that outing. He gave up four earned runs on nine hits, including a homer, and lasted five innings against the Rockies.
Erlin spent all of 2015 until this point pitching for the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in El Paso. He went 7-6 in 24 starts for the Chihuahuas, posting an overall 5.60 ERA. The Chihuahuas won their division, ut were eliminated in the first round of the Pacific Coast League playoffs last week, after which Erlin was called up to rejoin the big league team for the first time this season.
Yohan Flande will get the ball for Colorado tonight, hoping to help the Rockies clinch a series win. The Rockies took game 1 by a score of 7-4 last night, which pulls them even with the Padres at Coors Field for the season, though the Padres still lead the overall season series 11 games to 6.
Flande is coming off back-to-back losing decisions. He gave up four runs in just 3 2/3 innings against the Mariners in his latest start, yielding two home runs along the way. Prior to that he allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Giants. The left-hander didn't factor into the decision in his only outing against the Padres this year. He gave up four runs on eight hits, including two home runs, in a home game against the Friars on August 14th. He has yet to notch a win against San Diego, whom he's faced four time in his career (three times as a starter). He has an 0-2 record and 5.51 ERA in those four appearances.
Game time: 5:10 pm PT
Radio: The Mighty 1090, La Poderosa 860