Runs came at a premium in the series opener between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies. But considering Madison Bumgarner and Jorge De La Rosa's track records in this NL West rivalry, there may be a lot more offense in Tuesday night's matchup of left-handers.
The Giants (68-62) have followed three straight wins with three consecutive defeats, dropping Monday night's matchup 3-2. They had a 9-6 advantage in hits but also tied a season high with four errors, two by shortstop Brandon Crawford.
Colorado (53-77) also had six hits in seven innings against Bumgarner (14-9, 3.17 ERA) on June 15 in San Francisco before rallying for an 8-7 win. He is 2-3 with a 4.91 ERA in his last seven starts versus Colorado, and Josh Rutledge is 8 for 17 against him.
Bumgarner owns a 5.86 ERA over his last six home starts, though he pitched better in his most recent one. He held Philadelphia to one run and four hits while striking out nine and walking none over seven innings of a 5-3 loss in 10 on Aug. 15.
He has struck out 36 over 31 innings in his last four starts overall, including 12 - one shy of a career high - in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Cubs. He ended that seven-inning outing with a strikeout to strand two runners in scoring position.
"He's as mentally tough as you get," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's got a knack for making pitches when he has to."
De La Rosa (13-8, 4.21) has struggled away from Coors Field, going 1-3 with a 6.09 ERA in his last six starts, but he's coming off consecutive home wins over Cincinnati and Kansas City behind a 3.00 ERA.
The Giants have given De La Rosa problems, as he's 2-4 with a 6.14 ERA in his last 10 matchups. He left after three innings in San Francisco on June 13 due to tightness in his lower back.
The Rockies have won seven of 10 after a 6-21 stretch. Monday's victory marked the first time in team history they've won four straight at San Francisco after sweeping three games in June, which was also the last time Colorado won consecutive road games.
"It's been a house of horrors for us for a long time," manager Walt Weiss said. "It's great to see us winning some games here, some tight games, some games that in the past we used to lose, those one-run games like tonight."
Tuesday's matchup could see a relief appearance from Tim Lincecum, who has been bumped from the rotation to San Francisco's bullpen.
Lincecum is 1-3 with 9.49 ERA in his last six starts. He has a 1.00 ERA in eight career relief appearances, including the playoffs.
"He's fine," Bochy said. "He's going to work on some things. It's no problem with him."
Hunter Pence was 2 for 3 on Monday and has gone 18 for 37 with four homers and three doubles in his last 10 games against Colorado. He's 6 for 21 with two home runs and two doubles when facing De La Rosa.
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