The San Francisco Giants may have recently snapped their worst losing streak of the season, but their frustration continues to mount.
The Giants (52-57) look to avoid losing their fourth consecutive series when they continue a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies (53-55) on Saturday.
San Francisco snapped its nine-game losing streak—the team’s longest in 10 years—with a victory over Washington on Wednesday. The Giants couldn’t follow it up, however, losing 5-2 to the Rockies in the series opener on Friday.
Barry Bonds hit his 723rd career home run in the seventh inning, his first in 26 at-bats, but was ejected in the ninth inning for arguing a called strike. The Giants’ slugger got into plate umpire Ron Kulpa’s face and yelled after getting tossed.
The crowd at AT&T Park reacted by throwing garbage onto the field, forcing an 11-minute delay and causing the Rockies to retreat to the dugout.
“I don’t care about that,” Bonds said of the fans’ actions. “We’re trying to win games, that’s all. It happened, it happened. It’s over with. Let’s go get ready for (Saturday).”
Bonds, who sat out the previous two games with swelling in his right knee, also tied Stan Musial for the second on the all-time extra-base hits list with 1,377. Hank Aaron (1,477) is the all-time leader.
The Giants are in last place in the NL West, but just 1 1/2 games behind fourth-place Colorado and four games in back of division-leading San Diego.
Noah Lowry (5-7, 4.50 ERA) tries to rebound from one of his shakiest outings of the season for San Francisco. The left-hander gave up a season high-tying six runs and eight hits over five innings in a 10-7 loss to Washington on Monday. He also walked four and struck out just one.
“There were many hittable pitches, many deep counts and many pitches,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “He will be able to win games by managing that high number of pitches, but he couldn’t do that (Monday).”
Lowry is 1-2 with a 6.99 ERA in five career starts against the Rockies. He allowed three runs and five hits over 6 2-3 innings of a 9-6 win over Colorado on July 3, but didn’t factor into the decision
Colorado has won six of its last eight games and is looking for its third consecutive series win.
Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who was traded by the Giants last season, went 2-for-4 including a three-run homer Friday.
Jason Jennings (7-9, 3.58) looks to produce another solid start for Colorado. The right-hander allowed one run and six hits over seven innings of a 3-1 victory over San Diego on Sunday.
That performance followed a four-hitter on July 25 in a 1-0 loss to St. Louis.
“Just out of maturity, the more you pitch, the more you experience stuff like that, the better you get at handling it,” Jennings said. “It’s just realizing I can control myself, I can’t control how the other guy pitches, how we hit, the defense.
“Just go out there and pitch as best as I can and hopefully we’ll go out there and have a good day as a team.”
Sunday’s win was the first for Jennings since June 20, ending a nearly monthlong slide in which he was 0-3 with a 2.93 ERA in six starts. He pitched at least six innings in all of those games, but the Rockies averaged just 2.09 runs per game and went 1-5 in that span.
Jennings allowed seven runs and eight hits over six innings in his only start this season against San Francisco, but did not factor in the decision as Colorado scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 9-8 win on April 21.