Jason Jennings cannot remember pitching many games better than the one he had earlier this week.
The 25-year-old right-hander allowed one run and four hits over eight innings Monday in a 7-1 rout of the San Diego Padres.
“That was the best game I’ve seen the young man pitch since he’s been here, maybe with the exception of the shutout in the first game,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.
Jennings, who became the only player in history to pitch a shutout and hit a homer in his major league debut in a 10-0 win over the New York Mets on Aug. 23, 2001, agreed with Hurdle’s assessment. He threw just 92 pitches Monday.
“That was one of the better ones I’ve had since I’ve been here,” he said. “My pitch count was huge. To be under 100 for eight innings was huge for me.”
Jennings might have trouble matching that effort against the Giants, who have won 11 of their last 14.
A.J. Pierzynski and Dustan Mohr each hit a three-run homer and Neifi Perez also connected for the Giants, who turned in an impressive offensive performance after losing three of four at Arizona following a season-high 10-game winning streak.
Mohr went 4-for-4 during a rare start in right field. Manager Felipe Alou said he wanted to give Mohr some playing time because he’s been such a good sport riding the bench.
“Dustan is in out of respect and appreciation for being patient with us,” Alou said.
Colorado has lost six of its last eight.