Colorado, which had not won four straight since July 25-29, 2003, scored five runs in the first inning of its 7-4 series-opening victory on Monday. The Rockies had lost nine straight in San Francisco, with their last victory coming on June 2, 2003.
Even though the Rockies have lost 14 of the last 17 games in this series, they may be on the verge of turning things around. The Giants have dropped six of their last nine overall, while the Rockies had two four-game winning streaks last July.
Manager Clint Hurdle likes the way this month is shaping up so far.
“It’s our lucky month,” he said. “We’re looking for a lucky month.”
Schmidt has been dominant for the Giants this season, winning his last 10 decisions. The right-hander saw his three-start winning streak come to an end on Thursday with the Giants’ 5-4 loss to the Dodgers. He allowed four runs in seven innings.
“Right from the first inning, I just didn’t feel right. I wasn’t really locating that well,” Schmidt said. “We should have won that game, but I just wasn’t able to hold them.”
“We’re looking for that hot streak,” said Colorado’s Royce Clayton, who had three hits, including a ninth-inning RBI single on Monday. “We knew we were going to get hot at some point. It wouldn’t be bad timing to get some momentum going heading into the second half.”
Jeromy Burnitz, who slumped in June and hasn’t homered in nearly a month, is batting .462 (6-for-13) this season at San Francisco.
Giants’ slugger Barry Bonds got the day off Monday, the first game he hasn’t started since June 17 against Toronto. He became baseball’s career walks leader Sunday when he passed Rickey Henderson with his 2,191st walk and 121st this season.
“It’s a different lineup without Barry,” Colorado starter Aaron Cook said. “You see the lineup without Barry Bonds in it and you feel you’re living right. Then you have to go after the other guys.”