Game Preview - Giants v Rockies
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Coors Field, Denver, Colorado Attendance: 48,158
Rockies try to complete sweep of Giants
San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies
- The Giants won two of three over the Rockies last week at AT&T Park, part of a 10-2 stretch for San Francisco. In that span since June 19, the Giants have an NL-best 2.86 ERA and have given up a major league-low six home runs.
- Madison Bumgarner tossed seven innings of two-hit ball in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Rockies, extending his shutout streak to 16 innings, tied for the longest single-season scoreless inning streak of his career. His last 16-inning scoreless streak was from July 21-August 2, 2013. In the lefty's last four starts against Colorado, he has a 1.44 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 28 strikeouts over 25 innings, but has been backed by six total runs of support leaving him with an 0-1 record.
- Brandon Crawford went 5-for-12 with a homer in last week's series with the Rockies, and is slashing .400/.514/.767 with seven RBI and seven runs in his last eight games. Crawford has a .443 slugging percentage since 2015, but in that same span, is slugging just .328 in 29 games at hitter-friendly Coors Field -- tied with Ian Desmond for the lowest among 22 major leaguers with at least 120 plate appearances there.
- The Rockies have lost five of eight overall and are 4-10 at Coors Field since May 30. They are 15-22 at Coors Field this season, their worst home record through 37 games since 1998, when they were also 15-22.
- The Rockies' Kyle Freeland opposed Bumgarner last week, and also threw 7.0 innings of shutout ball, while allowing four hits and a walk. In six starts at Coors this season, Freeland is 4-2 with a 2.95 ERA -- it's the lowest ERA by a Rockies pitcher through six home starts since 2014, when Jorge De La Rosa posted a 2.78 ERA.
- Nolan Arenado has hit eight of his NL-leading 21 homers in 12 games since June 19, producing a .313/.365/.854 slash line. He homered at San Francisco last week, and in 22 home games against the Giants since 2016, he is batting .337 with five home runs, 13 doubles, 32 RBI and 19 runs.
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DENVER -- When Andrew Suarez starts Wednesday for the San Francisco Giants, he will try to help them avoid being swept by the Colorado Rockies and solidify his spot in the Giants' changing rotation.
Colorado left-hander Tyler Anderson (5-3, 4.23 ERA) will oppose Suarez (3-4, 4.18).
Before his team lost 8-1 on Tuesday to the Rockies, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced that Johnny Cueto will be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list to start Thursday against St. Louis and Jeff Samardzija will come off the 10-day disabled list and start Saturday against the Cardinals.
Cueto (elbow strain) went 3-0 with an 0.84 ERA in five starts for the Giants this season. His last start for the Giants came April 28, and he pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in two rehab starts for Triple-A Sacramento.
"Johnny's set to go," Bochy said. "He passed all the tests, checked every box off. Been throwing the ball well. Hasn't given up a run there. Bullpen (session Monday) went fine. Been hitting, bunting. I talked to Johnny. He said, 'I'm ready to go. I feel better now than before (the injury).' When you get one of your big guys ready to go, you pitch him."
Bochy said Cueto would be limited to 85 pitches Thursday, and Derek Holland, if he doesn't come out of the bullpen in the Rockies series, would back up Cueto.
Samardzija will pitch for the Giants for the first time since May 29. Bochy said that Dereck Rodriguez, who was scheduled to pitch Thursday, will instead start Friday. Madison Bumgarner, of course, will take his regular turn Sunday. That leaves Suarez or Chris Stratton for the final spot in the rotation. Both pitchers have minor league options.
Suarez might have the advantage because he has pitched well lately. He went 2-0 in six June starts, and in his last outing Friday at Arizona, he allowed one run in six innings. Suarez made his Coors Field debut and first start against the Rockies on May 28 and allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings in a no-decision after heeding advice from catcher Buster Posey.
Suarez said, "I remember the last time we were, before my bullpen, Buster came up to me and he was like 'As long as you keep throwing it right, it'll be fine. But if you try too much, that's the problem you'll have. Your stuff isn't as good.' I just made sure to just throw it normal."
Meanwhile, Stratton gave up a career-high 11 hits and a career-high eight runs in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday. In his past six starts, Stratton is 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA.
Anderson threw a career-high eight scoreless innings with one walk and eight strikeouts Wednesday at Los Angeles in a 3-1 win over the Dodgers. Anderson is 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA in his past five starts with six walks and 32 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings. He's 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA in four career starts against the Giants, including a no-decision May 20 at AT&T Park where he gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Rockies lost 9-5.
The Rockies have won 14 of their past 16 games from the Giants (45-42) at Coors Field. The Rockies (43-43) have climbed back to .500 by winning five of their past six games. They have been getting outstanding starting pitching, the latest effort being seven scoreless innings Tuesday from Antonio Senzatela in his first start this season for the Rockies.
The Colorado starters have pitched well in six of the past eight games, going 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA in that stretch and allowing 12 earned runs and 31 hits in 50 1/3 innings with 11 walks and 41 strikeouts.
"We're only going to go as far as they do," Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said. "They're pitching great. They're giving the offense a chance. Quick innings, which is huge."
Updated July 4, 2018