Randy Winn has had an outstanding run at the plate in recent weeks, and on the road against the Colorado Rockies since the beginning of last year. The San Francisco Giants are trying to finally take advantage of the right fielder’s efforts.
The Giants look to win consecutive games for just the second time this month, and win a series at Coors Field for the first time since 2005 as they conclude a three-game set with the Rockies on Wednesday.
Winn scored two runs and extended his hitting streak to a major league-leading 15 games as San Francisco (18-29) ended a six-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over Colorado (18-28) on Tuesday night. Winn is batting .367 (22-for-60) with two home runs and seven doubles during his streak, but the Giants won only three of the first 14 games.
San Francisco was also struggling in games at Coors Field despite Winn’s nine-game hitting streak there, losing six of its previous eight road games versus the Rockies before Tuesday. But Winn’s last performance gives the Giants a chance to win a series at Colorado for the first time since taking two of three games from Sept. 23-25, 2005.
Winn is batting .406 (13-for-32) with three home runs, four doubles, seven RBIs and nine runs during his streak at Coors Field.
But the Giants could also use some improved pitching if they hope to secure a series win. They have allowed 22 runs in their last three games.
Jonathan Sanchez (2-3, 4.59 ERA) will now take the mound for San Francisco. His winless streak reached four starts Friday night, as he gave up two runs and five hits while striking out six in 6 2-3 innings as the Giants lost 2-0 to the Chicago White Sox.
The left-hander hasn’t won since April 25 against Cincinnati.
Sanchez faced the Rockies on April 30, allowing two runs, five hits and five walks in 5 2-3 innings as the Giants won 3-2. He has not received a decision in two starts and seven relief appearances versus Colorado, posting a 6.89 ERA.
The Rockies will counter with Ubaldo Jimenez (1-4, 5.29 ERA), who hasn’t won since April 8 against Atlanta. He gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings as Colorado lost 4-2 to Minnesota on Friday night.
The right-hander matched up with Sanchez on April 30, but was not the winning pitcher. He allowed two runs and three hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Colorado could use a boost from Sanchez after allowing 14 hits en route to having a three-game winning streak end Tuesday. But the Rockies also struggled at the plate, going 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Colorado is averaging just 3.5 runs over its last 10 games.
“Hopefully, we’ll get some guys finding their way offensively,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
Clint Barmes was a bright spot at the plate for Colorado on Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to 13 games with his fifth homer of the season. The second baseman is batting .469 (23-for-49) with three home runs, a triple, four doubles and eight RBIs during his run.