Fogg hoping for a strong forecast

Fogg hoping for a strong forecast

After missing two weeks with a left groin injury, Rockies right-hander Josh Fogg was off his game in his last start, a no-decision against the Astros at home on Thursday. He yielded six runs and 11 hits in five innings, but the Rockies came back to win the game.

Fogg didn't blame the layoff then, and the righty believes he has corrected his problems.

The Rockies need Fogg to return to the low-scoring form that he has shown at various points this season. On Wednesday night, they will face star right-hander Curt Schilling and the Red Sox.

"In my bullpens, I've been throwing the ball well and keeping the ball down in the zone," Fogg said. "That was pretty much my problem the last time out, and it's what I've been working on this time.

"I felt good the last time out. There was no reason to pitch as poorly as I did. I just made some bad pitches."

Pitching matchup
COL: RHP Josh Fogg (1-5, 5.06 ERA)
Fogg struggled within the strike zone on Thursday, his first start after 15 days on the disabled list. He threw strikes, but his location within the zone came back to haunt him, as the Astros connected for 11 hits in five innings. He struck out four while walking just one, but a tendency to elevate his pitches accounted for five extra-base hits, including three in a row during a three-run third inning. Fogg said he felt no lingering effects from his groin strain. He threw 102 pitches, his second-highest pitch count of the season.

BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (6-2, 3.49 ERA)
Coming within one out of throwing his first career no-hitter, Schilling will start on Wednesday for the Red Sox when they host the Rockies in Interleague Play. Schilling surrendered a two-out ninth-inning hit to Shannon Stewart and wound up throwing his third career one-hitter.

Player to watch
Todd Helton has performed well against Schilling, hitting .346 in 52 at-bats, with five home runs and 11 RBIs. He has walked four times and struck out 10.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FSN Rocky Mountain

On radio
• KOA 850

Up next
• Thursday: Rockies (Jeff Francis, 5-5, 3.81) at Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 9-0, 2.88), 5:05 p.m. MT
• Friday: Devil Rays (James Shields, 6-0, 3.04) at Rockies (Rodrigo Lopez, 2-0, 2.88), 7:05 p.m. MT
• Saturday: Devil Rays (Andy Sonnanstine, 1-0, 5.14) at Rockies (Jason Hirsh, 3-6, 4.48), 6:05 p.m. MT

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.