Just two weeks into the season, the Colorado Rockies have already dug themselves a sizable hole. On Saturday, however, they hope they started climbing out of it.
Fresh off their second win of the season, the Rockies look to win their first series of the year as they wrap up their three-game set with the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field.
The Rockies beat the Giants 5-4 on Saturday, snapping an eight-game losing streak. Colorado had not won since a season-opening 12-10 victory over the San Diego Padres on April 4.
“It felt good to get off that skid, get another one under our belts,” Colorado starter Joe Kennedy said.
The Rockies split that two-game series with the Padres but were swept in three games by both the Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“There’s a lot of people who probably didn’t think we’d have much of a chance at getting (San Francisco starter) Jason Schmidt tonight, coming in with an eight-game losing streak hanging in your face,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “But these guys shower pretty good and they show up the next day pretty good, and they’re going to do that all year.”
Clint Barmes went 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI, keeping up his torrid pace. Barmes has hit .706 (12-for-17) in four games at Coors Field this season. Preston Wilson drove in two runs for the Rockies, who scored four runs in the third inning.
STANDINGS (through April 15): Giants - 3rd place, 2 GB, NL West. Rockies - 5th place, 6 GB, NL West.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Kirk Rueter (0-1, 5.40 ERA). Both of Rueter’s starts this season have come against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed five runs, four earned, and five hits in five innings of the Giants’ 9-8 loss on Tuesday but did not receive a decision. The 34-year-old left-hander is 11-11 with a 5.51 ERA in 30 career starts against the Rockies.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Jennings (0-2, 5.40 ERA). Jennings allowed just two runs and three hits in six innings but was charged with the loss in Monday’s 2-0 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 26-year-old right-hander is 6-4 with a 5.49 ERA in 14 career starts against the Giants.
SEASON SERIES: Giants, 4-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - RHP Jerome Williams made his first career relief appearance after 44 starts in the sixth inning Saturday. He allowed one earned run and one hit in two-thirds of an inning. … 1B Lance Niekro was scratched from Saturday’s lineup with a sprained right foot. … LHP Rueter went 4-4 with a 5.09 ERA in 15 starts on the road last season. Rockies - RHP Chin-Hui Tsao, who started the season on the DL, gave up OF Tucker’s homer but earned his first save of the season. … 1B Helton has reached base in all 10 games this season. … LHP Kennedy became the first Rockies starter to win in the team’s last 20 games, including nine this season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 1-3 on the road; Rockies - 2-2 at home.
INJURIES: Giants - OF Moises Alou (calf), 15-day DL; OF Barry Bonds (knee), 15-day DL. Rockies - INF Garrett Atkins (hamstring), 15-day DL; OF Dustan Mohr (calf), 15-day DL; RHP Aaron Cook (lung), 15-day DL; LHP Matthew Merricks (shoulder), 15-day DL.