National League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, June 13 (All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (31-35) at San Francisco Giants (43-24), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jorge De La Rosa (6-5, 4.04) San Francisco - Tim Lincecum (5-4, 4.97)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants were able to bounce back into the win column their last time out and will begin a three-game series Friday versus the NL West-rival Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.
The Giants salvaged the finale of a four-game series with the Washington Nationals by posting a 7-1 victory Thursday, as Tim Hudson improved to 7-2 on the season with seven superb innings. Hudson gave up one unearned run and yielded six hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
"I was very excited getting him here. He's done all we hoped for and more," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Hudson, who signed as a free agent in November after nine seasons with Atlanta.
Jean Machi and Sergio Romo each hurled a scoreless inning of relief.
Michael Morse went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Hunter Pence also had three hits and both Tyler Colvin and Brandon Crawford provided two hits and an RBI for the Giants, who are 4-3 on a 10-game homestand and lead the NL West by 8 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Tim Lincecum will try to keep the Giants rolling when he gets the nod Friday and is 5-4 with a 4.97 earned run average in 13 starts. The Giants are 9-4 with Lincecum on the hill and he got the win in Sunday's 6-4 triumph over the New York Mets, as he allowed three runs in six innings.
Lincecum bounced back from a rough outing on June 3 at Cincinnati, where he surrendered eight runs in 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander is 3-2 in eight home starts and 11-9 with a 3.96 ERA in 27 career starts against Colorado.
The Rockies are in the Golden State for the next six games against San Francisco and Los Angeles, and went just 3-7 on a recent homestand. They got two of those wins in the back end of a four-game set versus the Atlanta Braves at Coors Field.
Colorado scored 29 runs in the series and posted a 10-3 triumph on Thursday to split the series. Charlie Blackmon and Justin Morneau both homered and finished with three RBI, while starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin struck out five and walked two over seven scoreless innings.
"I wasn't that loose in the bullpen," said Chacin. "I was working slow a little bit. But then, when I got in the game and it was time to get ready, I (threw) the ball down and just made my pitches."
The game became testy in the bottom of the eighth after Braves catcher Gerald Laird got hit hard in the mask by Corey Dickerson's backswing. Laird was down for a couple minutes before being helped off the field.
David Carpenter drilled Dickerson with the next pitch, resulting in the ejection of the Atlanta reliever. Colorado manager Walt Weiss also got tossed after coming onto the field and shouting at the Braves dugout.
Dickerson thinks he was hit on purpose.
"It was almost behind me," he said. "The guys has been in the big leagues a while. It's pretty hard to miss that far. I'm not the one to say if it was intentional or not, but I felt like it was."
The ejections continued in the ninth.
Rockies pitcher Nick Masset was thrown out along with bench coach Tom Runnells after plunking Evan Gattis with two outs.
Jorge De La Rosa gets the start for the Rockies Friday and has lost back-to- back starts after winning his previous six decisions. De La Rosa has given up eight runs during his current skid and allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-1 setback to the Dodgers on Sunday.
De La Rosa, who is 6-5 with a 4.04 earned run average, has a 3-3 mark in six road assignments and has faced San Francisco 22 times (19 starts) in his career, amassing a 9-5 record to go along with a 4.03 ERA.
The Rockies and Giants have split eight meetings so far this season.
06/13 10:29:49 ET