Thanks largely in part to Brandon Crawford's contributions on both offense and defense, the San Francisco Giants earned their 13th win in 17 games at home against the Colorado Rockies. With this loss, the Rockies have lost 10 of their last 12 games and are giving the Giants an easier path than the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League West crown. Madison Bumgarner, who also got back on track with his best start in five outings, became the first left-handed Giants pitcher to win 15 games in a season since Shawn Estes in 2000.
Looking for another win against the last-place Rockies, the Giants will start Tim Lincecum, who has been better on the road than at home as of late. In three September starts, he has gone 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA and 2.12 batting average allowed, which is miles better than the above-5.00 ERA he had from April to July. Making the most of his starts by limiting big score innings, his self-assurance is a big positive for a pitcher who wasn't a lock for the postseason rotation earlier in the season.
"Right now, I'm not pitching great but I am getting out of jams," Lincecum said. "I'm playing with a fine line there, walking a lot of guys, but getting out of it gives me the confidence to know that if I get into a jam, I can get out of it and my team is going to get me out of it, too."
For Colorado, Jeff Francis will look for his own personal redemption against the Giants. In his last start against San Francisco at home on September 12, he lasted a season-low three innings and was largely ineffective against the likes of Gregor Blanco, Marco Scutaro, and Joaquin Arias.
The San Francisco Giants will visit the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park located in San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. PT. This will be the second game in a four-game series.
Giants lead series 11-4.
Colorado comes into the matchup with a 58-88 record and in fifth place in the National League West. They are 27-45 when playing on the road and have won two of their last 10 games.
San Francisco enters the game with an 84-63 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 41-31 when playing at home and have won seven of their last 10 games.
Starting pitcher matchup:
Colorado: Jeff Francis
2012 season: 5-5, 5.68 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 67 Ks
Career numbers vs. Giants: 7-8, 5.47 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 55 Ks
Career numbers at AT&T Park: 3-5, 5.91 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 25 Ks
San Francisco: Tim Lincecum
2012 season: 9-14, 5.09 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 177 Ks
Career numbers vs. Rockies: 10-7, 3.71 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 143 K
Career numbers at AT&T Park: 39-30, 3.19 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 661 Ks
Where to watch and listen to the game:
The game can be watched and heard live locally at the following:
In Colorado: MLBN, ROOT SPORTS & KOA 850
In San Francisco: MLBN, CSN-BA HD, KNBR 680 & KTRB 860
Pitching statistic leaders:
Colorado: Rex Brothers - 8 wins, Rafael Betancourt - 2.42 ERA, Rex Brothers - 78 strikeouts
San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner - 15 wins, Sergio Romo - 1.98 ERA, Madison Bumgarner - 181 strikeouts
Bumgarner benefits from Crawford's all-around effort, CSN Bay Area
Tim Lincecum 2012 Split Stats, Yahoo! Sports
Jeff Francis Game Log, Yahoo! Sports
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Austin Chang is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area native, baseball fan, and supporter of the San Francisco Giants. Follow this Featured Contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.