San Francisco (51-41) at Colorado (37-53)

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  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sun Jul 18, 2004
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The San Francisco Giants spoiled Adam Bernero’s first shot as a starter this season.

Bernero will try to atone for that beating when he takes the mound for the Colorado Rockies in the finale of their four-game series with the visiting Giants.

Bernero, who missed most of the first half of the season with tightness in his rotator cuff, has made just four appearances this season.

His only start of the year came on July 7 after the Rockies were forced to scratch Joe Kennedy an hour before the game because of shoulder tightness. Bernero allowed five runs and nine hits over six innings in an 8-4 loss to San Francisco.

“It was a very professional performance (by Bernero),” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “He kept us in the game, but it got away from us in the seventh.”

Bernero’s second start will also be in place of Kennedy, who remains on the 15-day disabled list. This time, however, Bernero has had more time to prepare.

“You try to keep it in perspective,” Bernero said. “You don’t try extra hard. But I’ve had chances in the past, and those were tough situations. But I know I can do it. I know I can start and be successful in the big leagues.”

Bernero went 1-12 with a 6.08 ERA in 18 appearances, including 17 starts, for Detroit last year before being traded to Colorado in the middle of the season. He owns a 3-20 career mark as a starter, but his start earlier in the month was his first for a team other than the Tigers, who before this season were one of the worst offensive teams in the league.

Bernero may have learned a thing or two on Saturday from the pitchers on both teams. The teams combined for just seven hits, a Coors Field record, in the Giants’ 4-0 win. Barry Bonds hit a two-run double for San Francisco.

Jason Schmidt allowed just four hits in eight innings for the Giants, who have won five of their last six.

Aaron Miles, Jeromy Burnitz, Matt Holliday and Mark Sweeney each had one hit for the Rockies, who lost for just the fourth time in their last 13.

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D. Hermanson Cin vs. A. Bernero Pit
6-9 Record 1-1
4.53 ERA 5.57
102 K 21
46 BB 17
1.36 WHIP 1.64