National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 9th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (5-2) at San Francisco Giants (4-3), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Juan Nicasio (1-0, 3.00)
San Francisco - Tim Lincecum (1-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Tim Lincecum tries to win his second game in as many starts
on Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants continue a three-game series with the
Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park.
Coming off the worst season of his young career, Lincecum kicked off his 2013
campaign in winning fashion, but was not exactly at his best, as he walked a
career-high seven batters. However, the free passes never really came back to
bite the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, as both runs he allowed in five
innings were unearned.
"I felt like I could have pitched a lot better," said Lincecum, who lost 15
games and pitched to a 5.18 ERA last season.
Lincecum has faced the Rockies 23 times and is 11-7 against them with a 3.55
Colorado will counter with righty Juan Nicasio, who beat Milwaukee his first
time out. Nicasio allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings of that one
to earn his first-ever road win
"It's important because last year I didn't win on the road. Only at home,"
Nicasio said. "That was my first road win of my career. Now I'm looking for
San Francisco beat the Rockies for the seventh straight time at home on
Tuesay, as Hunter Pence hit a three-run home run in a 4-2 triumph. Buster
Posey drove in the other run while Pablo Sandoval added two hits and a run
scored for the Giants, who stopped a two-game slide.
Madison Bumgarner (2-0) gave up two runs on five hits with five walks and five
strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
"He's got some of the most power I've ever seen," Posey said of Pence. "I get
to hit with him in batting practice every day, and I try to make sure I hit
before him so I don't have to follow up his moonshots."
Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo home run while Chris Nelson drove in a run for the
Rockies, who had a five-game winning streak snapped. Jorge De La Rosa (0-1)
gave up three runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts over six
innings of work.
The Giants won 14 of 18 meetings against Colorado last season, marking their
highest-ever win total against the Rockies in a single season.
04/09 10:54:49 ET