As the San Francisco Giants look to keep their first place stature intact on Sunday, starter Barry Zito will be looking to do something he hasn't in four years.
Zito is on the cusp of his first 10-win season since 2009, taking on the slumping Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Although he has lost his last three at AT&T Park, Zito (9-8, 4.19 ERA), did not walk a batter in his last start, the first time since his season debut he'd completed that feat. He also has a great track record against Colorado, throwing a four-hit shutout at Coors Field is his last start against them at Coors.
Colorado will send out Alex White (2-6, 5.75), who threw four shutout innings against the Dodgers in an eventual 3-1 Colorado victory in his last outing. H struggled with command though with five walks and had to exit early due to Jim Tracy's pitch count rule as part of their 4-man rotation.
First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.
San Francisco's offense was active thoughout the game, scoring two runs each in the second and third innings, then adding a combined four more in the sixth and seventh and one in the eighth to put the game out of reach. Buster Posey and Angel Pagan both had two RBI on the night, and Joaquin Arias, Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro all had one each. Even Cain got in on things, picking up an RBI with a single in the second.
The Giants improve to 62-52 with the win and will at least keep pace with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the NL West crown. Having split the first two games, the Giants and Rockies will settle the rubber game on Sunday, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT.
The San Francisco Giants will turn to Matt Cain on Saturday night with the Colorado Rockies in town. Following a frustrating 3-0 loss to the Rox in the series opener, Cain really needs to get his club back on track if they hope to keep pace in the National League West.
Following a low-scoring game last night, we may be in for a lot of offense on Saturday. Neither of the starting pitchers have pitched well recently, especially Cain. This being said, has historically pitched well against Colorado, posting a record of 13-7 with a 3.23 ERA in 164 innings pitched.
Drew Pomeranz, a lefty, will make the start for the Rockies and has made just two starts against the Giants in his career, going 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA.
First pitch from AT&T Park is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PT. It should be a beautiful day for baseball near the bay.
In one of the most frustrating games of the season, the San Francisco Giants were held to a three-hit shutout at the hands of the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. The Rockies won a 3-0 contest in a game where the Giants failed to execute on nearly every level.
Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood was effectively wild to start the game, walking Angel Pagan en route to throwing six straight balls to lead off the game. It looked like the Giants were getting ready to feast on the Colorado pitching, but Pagan made a beyond-ill-advised steal attempt on a 3-1 pitch to Marco Scutaro and was gunned down. That was pretty much the last time the Giants were in the game.
That's an exaggeration, of course, but without Buster Posey in the lineup, the Giants looked like they were confused as to whether to swing the bats at the junk that was coming across the plate or find a pouch of colored sugar and use them as Fun-Dip sticks. They probably would have been better off going the Fun-Dip route.
The Giants were held to three hits against Tyler Chatwood. Two of the hits were from Brandon Crawford and one was from Brandon Belt. In the Giants' next-best opportunity in the fifth inning, the Giants had runners at the corners with one out. Tim Lincecum struck out swinging and Crawford was thrown out attempting to steal second base on the same pitch to end the inning. Fans began looking for things to jam in their eyes.
If there's a silver lining (there's no silver lining), it is that Lincecum had another quality start. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings of work. The Rockies scored on a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice fly.
Oh, and the Dodgers won. They're now tied with the Giants for first place once again. Let's never discuss this game again as long as we live.
After a terrible showing in their last homestand, the San Francisco Giants return home to AT&T Park to take on the Colorado Rockies, whom they swept handedly during their road trip just last week.
Tim Lincecum (6-11, 5.43 ERA) has been finding his way once more, owning a 3-1 record with a 2.48 ERA over his last five starts, yielding two runs or fewer in all but one start. He hit a season high with five walks in his last outing, allowing just one run en route to a 8-3 win at Coors Field. Timmy is 6-3 with a 3.15 ERA over his last 11 starts versus the Rox.
Tyler Chatwood (1-2, 6.61) had his first start of the year this past Sunday. He Allowed three runs and four walks in just 3.1 innings of work.
Colorado has now lost 13 of their last 16 games against the Giants, dating back to last season.