The Rockies will start a six-game road trip and try to continue their recent success at SBC Park when they open a weekend series with the San Francisco Giants.
Last season, Hurdle said his team’s philosophy would be to pitch to Bonds. But the seven-time NL MVP hit a game-winning two-run homer in the teams’ first meeting and Hurdle’s club ended up walking the slugger 30 times.
With Bonds on the disabled list, Hurdle is hoping his beleaguered bullpen will recover after a rough couple of games to start the season at Coors Field. Colorado relievers own a robust 12.00 ERA.
The bullpen was shaky in Wednesday’s 14-6 loss to San Diego, especially Allan Simpson. The right-hander failed to retire a batter and was charged with five runs as the Padres scored seven times in the seventh inning.
“The seventh inning wasn’t much for us to hold onto. It just spun out of control,” Hurdle said.
Impressive rookie Clint Barmes will be looking to continue his hot start for the Rockies. Barmes is 6-for-10 with a pair of homers and four RBIs after two games.
Colorado has won four of its last six games at San Francisco.
San Francisco will give the ball to second-year starter Noah Lowry, who has never lost in the majors. The 24-year-old left-hander went 6-0 last season and is one win from owning the second-longest winning streak to a begin a career in franchise history. Only Hooks Wiltse’s 12-0 start in 1904 would be longer.
Most of Lowry’s success last season came at SBC Park, where he went 5-0 with a 3.10 ERA. He will be making his first career start against Colorado.
The Giants have had trouble scoring early, managing a total of three runs in the first six innings of their first three games. They managed only five hits in Thursday’s 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Prior to the game, the Giants learned that 38-year-old outfielder Moises Alou may be headed to the disabled list due to a strained right calf suffered in Wednesday’s loss to the Dodgers. Alou is set for an MRI on Friday.